Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the DIYZ® app. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you’ve read my blog much before, you know I love to garden with my kids. Specifically, I’m a huge straw bale gardening enthusiast. Every spring, I order new straw bales to go under my fancy trellis, and the previous year’s bales get pulled apart and spread into a set of raised beds as a terrific compost.
What I plant in those beds has been somewhat hit-or-miss. However, some things really do grow great in there (potatoes and zucchini especially,) while other things just… don’t. I have yet to grow cauliflower or broccoli that is edible, and last year my peppers were pathetic.
So when my friends at DIYZ asked me to give their mobile app a try, I was excited to see that one of the projects included is How to Test Soil. It’s an area I knew nothing about — or should I say, I knew just enough to know that testing soil in my garden might be the key to figuring out what I should be planting and/or how I need to amend my soil to get the most out of it.
If you’re not familiar with the DIYZ app, here’s the gist; DIYZ (pronounced “D-I-WISE,” for “Do It Wise!”) features a large library of DIY projects. Each project provides DIYers of all skill levels with step-by-step guides and segmented videos that can help them tackle home improvement projects with confidence and ease. You get a comprehensive overview of the project, including difficulty, time, and cost, as well as a list of the tools and materials you need.
The DIYZ app is free to download and is available in the Apple App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android. For a limited time, the video-chat feature is FREE, so download it for yourself now to check it out.
Speaking of the video-chat feature. The DIYZ app allows you to connect with a professional contractor, right at your fingertips via video-chat (or over the phone if you’re shy) to give you pro advice on more difficult projects. For my soil testing this wasn’t necessary, but I can think of many times I was rolling up my sleeves to do-it-myself and could have used some advice from a professional. DIYZ Pro Advisors are available from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM ET Monday through Friday. On weekends, Pro Advisors will be available to help tackle projects from 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM ET.
I also liked how the app recommends all of the proper tools and materials to complete each project, and even provided the option to easily purchase without leaving the app, via Amazon. Super easy and convenient!
With our instructions in hand, I recruited my son Tucker to help me test our soil.
Check out a video of my son Tucker and I to see how we tested our soil:
As it turns out, after we tested our soil, it came out much better than I expected. I was ready to find out that my soil was either super-duper acidic, or not acidic enough. Looks like it’s just about right for most of what I would like to grow! Woot!
Be sure to download the DIYZ app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and try it for yourself. There are tons of projects, like How to Install a Pond, How to Pressure Wash Exterior Siding, How to Make a BBQ Spice Rack, How to Repair Drywall Holes, and everything in between!