Determing the Soil Quality for Your Garden

Posted by Tammy Sons on 3rd Feb 2016

Friday, August 26

Gardening requires a lot of labor and patience which can be mastered with time. The very first thing that you should check before taking up gardening is whether the soil in your garden is suitable for plants you plan to grow. Plants need air, water and minerals to survive and flourish. Soil is equally important and plays a vital role in its growth and nourishment. It comprises of nutrients, clay, sand, stones, gravel and silt. The quantity of each content present in the soil varies from region to region. Some soils have high content of sand and some regions have loamy soil.

There are many minerals present in the soil and appropriate quantities of minerals contribute towards the growth of plants. Similarly, each handful of soil contains many living organisms that make the soil rich and healthy for plants to thrive in. Soil is generally ruined when lots of pesticides and other chemicals are used in the garden which results in killing most of micro organisms from soil. Due to this reason, many people have moved to organic gardening. Organic gardening can help maintain soil as pesticides or harmful chemicals are not used in this type of gardening. Optimal use of nature is brought into practice in organic gardening as microbial nutrients replace harmful chemicals.

In case if the garden soil is not good enough for plants then you can mix soil of right texture and type needed by your plants. Type of soil can be determined by getting a test conducted in a laboratory. The result would let you know about alkalinity, content of clay, sand and other minerals present which would further help in determining the soil contents required for the type of plant you intend to grow in your garden. People generally consider that a loamy soil would be richer than clay soil; however it could be vice versa. Therefore, a test could give you accurate results on the type of soil you have and what measures can you take to make it rich and appropriate for plants.