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. Soil is never straightforward due to its changeable properties from one place to another, and this being the case, gardeners have to be selective about what they choose to grow.
New gardeners and people wanting to learn the key types of differing soil could do well to remember the basic descriptions of soil.
let’s take a view on clay soil first Soils that are heavy in clay are called clay soils, making them more wet and sticky as well as heavy than many other types. Clay soils are prone to poor drainage because of the lack of air and therefore become waterlogged easily. Loosening up clay soil can be achieved by the addition of sand, otherwise it can be hard to work. Clay soils that have good drainage are heavy in nutrients, and plants will do very well.
Sand heavy soils are often much thinner and grittier than clay soils, draining well and offering less nutrients for plants The addition of organic matter to sandy soil will enable it to retain moisture and plant nutrients making it a great for growing and easy to work.
Lastly, if you’re an enthusiastic gardener it makes sense to avoid chalky soil because these are the very worst quality that could be hoped for. Chalk soil can contain a lot of stones and it’s often found to be the cause of yellowing leaves as water drains away too quickly and essential nutrients are blocked.
The main kinds of soil then to look out for are listed here, but you can get others like silty and peaty. Most can be used by the gardener, however chalky soils require so much additional input such as fertilizers and organic matter that they can seem pointless to work.