Soil Nutrient Cadence

By Julie Buratowski, Nutrients for Life Foundation

Get your kids into line with this fun military cadence activity about soil! Have your ‘troops’ march around your garden while practicing this fun call-out and answer activity:

Leader:
Kids:
Well, I don’t know what you’ve been told
Well, I don’t know what you’ve been told
Phosphate is really old
Phosphate is really old
Nitrogen will keep plants green
Nitrogen will keep plants green
Potassium and that’s the team
Potassium and that’s the team
Sound off
1,2
Sound off
3,4
Well, soil isn’t all just muck
Well, soil isn’t all just muck
Even when it’s muddy and yuck
Even when it’s muddy and yuck
Plants need nutrients from soil
Plants need nutrients from soil
It’s worth more than even oil
It’s worth more than even oil
Now we need the world to know
Now we need the world to know
Without good soil, our food won’t grow!
Without good soil, our food won’t grow!
Lead in
Lead in
Lead out
Lead out
Blueberry, strawberries and apple pie
Blueberry, strawberries and apple pie
Won’t be around if the earth goes dry
Won’t be around if the Earth goes dry
Let’s help our farmers with this song
Let’s help our farmers with this song
We need nutrients to grow strong
We need nutrients to grow strong

One of the most important things to do when preparing your garden is to know your soil! Want to learn more? Check out this fabulous article on “Soil Sampling for The Home Gardener.”

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