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Make the Most of Your Garden Soil With These 6 Types Of Soil!

If you take gardening seriously you should know that you must get to know your soil type first. No matter how much time and effort you give to your garden, if your soil is not right, you won’t have a successful garden.

Check out this guide of 6 types of soils that will surely work on your plants!

1. Clay Soil

Clay soil feels lumpy and is sticky when wet and rock hard when dry. It warms up in spring, but it is heavy to cultivate. However, if the drainage for the soil is enhanced, then plants will flourish and grow well because clay soil contains plenty of nutrients.

2. Sandy Soil

Sandy drains easily, dries out quickly, and is easy to work with. It feels gritty to touch. It warms up fast in spring, but holds fewer nutrients. Sandy soil requires organic amendments such as greensand, kelp meal, glacial rock dust, or other organic fertiliser blends. To retain its moisture, use mulch.

3. Silty Soil

Silty soil feels soft. It’s great at holding moisture and is usually very rich in nutrients. If you provide good drainage it will be a pretty good soil for your plants. You can also mix in organic matter.

4. Peaty Soil

Peat soil is a darker soil that feels damp and spongy as a result of its higher levels of peat.  In spring, the soil heats up quickly and can retain a lot of water, which usually requires good drainage. You can dig some drainage channels to achieve this. You can add organic matter, compost, and lime and make it a great soil for your plants!

5. Chalky Soil

Chalky soil is free draining and usually overlays chalk or limestone bedrock. By using the right fertiliser and balancing the pH levels you can have a great soil for your plants.

6. Loamy Soil

Loamy soil is a mix of sand, silt, and clay. Its great structure allows it to have good drainage and to holds its moisture. It is also full of nutrients, and is easily cultivated.