AuthorChristensen, Connor Davis
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe process of gardening, cultivating, and farming has been on this earth for thousands of years. Records date back to the first attempted farms nearly 12,000 years ago . Since that time, humans have sought to produce larger, tastier, and effectively growing crops. The composition of the soil plays a key role in in the end products of the crop. Contents such as minerals, organic material, and microbes play important roles in plant development . This study seeks to test vary-ing soil compositions in an arid region of Arizona on carrot growth. Carrots were selected as the choice plant because of their ease to grow. Additionally, as a root crop, the size and shape of the carrot can infer characteristics on the quality of soil . The testing area comprised of a garden bed separated into six equally sized boxes approximately 2ft by 2ft with a soil depth of 8 inches. The various soils comprised of a box of 100% store bought soil additive, home compost with natural soil, a 50/50 mix of store bought additive with the addition of chicken manure, a 50/50 mix of store bought addi-tive and natural soil with out chicken manure, natural soil with chicken manure additive, and one of natural soil. A wa-tering system was established which watered the plants three times a day for 10 minutes on a regular basis. In total, ap-proximately 350 seeds were sprinkled in each box. After a growing period of about 4 months, the carrots were harvest-ed, washed, weighed and measured. Analysis of the data was then performed to compare the samples. The results indi-cate significant differences in the amount, quality, and consistency of the different samples. The at home compost addi-tive and the 50/50 mix of store bought additive with the addition of chicken manure performed the best.