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What you need:
  • Coffee can with the bottom cut out
  • Watering can
Good soil drainage is a requirement for most garden plants. This simple method allows you to test your soil drainage. Cut the bottom out of a large coffee can and push it about an inch or two into the soil.
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Fill the coffee can with water and time how long it takes to drain.
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If it takes over an hour to drain, this indicates the area may have poor drainage. If you have poorly draining soil, it may be a good idea to either choose another site for the plants or use a raised bed to facilitate good drainage.