The Essentials of Garden Soil
The better your garden soil is, the better your plants will grow. But how do you know what good soil is? Plants thrive in soils that have suitable composition, great nutrition, lots of organic matter, and balanced soil pH. If you're not sure what your garden soil needs, get it tested and then amend as needed.
To have a successful garden, test your soil and amend it if necessary to create the best possible growing environment for plants. Testing your soil means you determine the pH level and nutrient content [more…]
Most garden soils have a pH between 5.5 and 8.0. This number helps you determine when and how to adjust your garden soil's pH level. If the pH level is below 6, the soil is too acidic, and you need to [more…]
Organic matter is the key to amending less-than perfect garden soil. To fix mucky clay or sandy sand soil, add plenty of organic matter. You can't change the type of soil you have, but adding organic matter [more…]
Overall, plants need 16 specific elements, or nutrients, for proper growth. When enough of each nutrient is present in soil, plants grow optimally. If even one element is in short supply, plants can't [more…]