More on the ribbon test here. More on percolation test here. I would say you have loose, free-draining (sandy) soil, at least in the area that you tested; If it's been very wet where you are and the hole drained completed in under three hours. Does it feel gritty to the touch?Maybe try and find some gardening neighbours and ask them how things are - although gardens can change even a few doors away. If it is very sandy, add organic matter to make it drain less fast, but good to plant things that like sandy soil. Plant what is happy in your soil rather than battling for years to make it otherwise. I'm sure other forum peeps will have other ideas. I hope that helps.
I'm sure others here will have experience of preparing drains and patios. Can I ask why you cleared all the plants?
Hi @tuacuerdate. Forget testing it. If you want to plant it up, or lay turf etc, add lots manure and grit, and incorporate it. Then leave it until spring before tackling anything else. If you've cleared the area completely, there's nothing to take up excess water. Give it a couple of months, and then you can look at planting etc. Which part of Scotland are you in - just roughly? Most soil up here is heavier, and clay. You'll learn how to deal with it over time
Pebbles aren't the same as grit. There's a limit to how big gravel needs to be to be useful If you're doing a patio, I'd wait until that's done. It'll create a lot of mess and upheaval, and it will also compact the ground, so anything you do now will be a waste of time and money. Bear in mind that if it's paved, you'll have run off too. Hard landscaping should always be done first, and everything else comes afterwards. It's also difficult to give advice when we can't see the whole plot too. Adding manure and grit won't necessarily raise the soil level that much, so don't worry too much about that. You can also just add a gravel board or pond liner, or similar, along the bottom of the fence to give more enclosure, should that be necessary.Perthshire is generally slightly drier than in the west, but it doesn't mean it's dry. The vast majority of soil up here is neutral to acid, which is ideal for all sorts of planting. Well rotted manure is your friend - it helps with water retention in sandy, free draining soils, but it also works some magic in heavy, clay soil as it opens up the structure, preventing it being waterlogged in wet weather, and drying out in summer.I'd look at what grows in your area to get a feel for the soil. Fruit trees need some prep, so wait until you are in a position to do that.I'd agree with @Greenbird that removing soil and replacing it won't necessarily help the situation. The most important thing you need to cultivate right now is patience