It is easy to look at the earth in our front yards and think that it is all the same, just dirt. This is correct to a degree, but when it comes down to it, there are many different types of soil, and knowing what kind you have can help you to improve your garden and produce the best fruits. There are three most basic types of soil:
Sand—this type is gritty, with large soil particles. The benefits of sandy soil are that it warms quickly, but negatives include an inability to hold water. IF you have sandy soil, look for plants that can survive sandy conditions and don’t require too much water.
Silt—this type of can hold water much more effectively than sandy soil, but it has difficulty maintaining nutrients. Sometimes silty soil can become over run with water, and if you work with this kind of soil, it may be a good idea to add other organic matter to encourage growth.
Clay—this type holds more water than either of the others and on the plus side can hold the most nutrients, the downfalls of clay include its hardness, which makes it difficult to turn and dig through.
From these three most basic soil types come a variety of mixtures that make up the soil around the world. Knowing what kind of soil you have can help you to choose the best supplements to add, and the best plants to grow. Get to know your style today, and start the best garden you’ve ever grown!
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