The importance and quality of your soil as a gardener should not be underestimated, especially if you’re proud of your flowering plants an prize winning vegetables. The soil make-up can vary drastically from one area to another, and this can make a real difference to what you decide to grow.
If you’re a novice gardener or are trying to understand the main differences between different types of soil, then there are some basic types which you can learn about.
The first kind of soil we’re talking about here is clay soil. Soils that are heavy in clay are called clay soils, making them more wet and sticky as well as heavy than many other types. Poor draining soils are often found to contain heavy clay content, meaning they become water-sodden much more easily. Loosening up clay soil can be achieved by the addition of sand, otherwise it can be hard to work. Well drained clay soil will make vegetation grow superbly due to the remarkable levels of plant nutrients in clay compounds.
Soil with a high sand content is often very easily drained and contains less nutrients due to the easier floe of water through it. Sandy soil with a good organic matter content should be able to hold enough moisture and nutrients to make it very successful as a growing medium.
Avoiding chalky soil is sound advice for gardeners because these soils make for poor quality. Soil with a high alkaline chalk content usually contains many stones that often lead to dry soil and it also doesn’t let plants get the nutrients they need.
The main kinds of soil then to look out for are listed here, but you can get others like silty and peaty. Almost all soil can be utilised by skilful gardeners, but chalky soil can require so many additional nutrients and organic matter that it makes the job seem worthless.