What Type of Soil Do You Have?

Dig into the details of your garden soil.

By Jeff Walker

Fall 2017

The Scoop on the Soil sq

Synthetic fertilizers and off-the-shelf enhancers have made it easy for folks to get by without knowing much about the ground that grows their garden. According to that formula, all it takes for success is a soil test, a bag of fertilizer, and plenty of water. Physical characteristics of the growing medium itself are often ignored.       

However, physical structure, texture, and the amount of organic matter in the soil all need to be considered to get the most out of your precious inputs. When texture, structure, and organic matter are in balance, the soil is said to have good tilth. Soils with good tilth not only produce healthy plants, they also minimize the need for inputs.

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