How To Improve Clay, Clay Loam and Sandy Soil In Your Organic Garden

My Organic Garden in my Backyard

To stay healthy, occasionally your garden needs sufficient attention and care.

All gardens need good quality soil for thriving plants and crops. When your soil is not fertile and it is not filled with enough nutrients, whatever you do – weeding, nurturing and watering will not amount to much.

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The soil in your garden provides the food, air, water and nutrients for your plants. With that, it is essential for you to take care of your soil.

Dealing with the situation!

The soil you have may not be the one you are looking for because of its unpleasant texture and consistency. It is true that you cannot change your soil’s texture immediately. However, with proper methods you can improve it. And, it is not necessary for you to spend money just to purchase commercially made soils.

Just remember that in improving your soil, you need to have patience since it takes some effort and time before any good results will be obtained. But, do not worry. With the right technique and method, you will surely have your desired soil!

Before you finally take action, let’s first discuss the three types of soils and how can you improve each of them.

Clay Soil – The Good and Bad!

Basically, clay soil can be sticky and slippery (wet) and bake hard (dry). More than any other soil, clay soil is capable of holding more nutrients needed by your plants. However, not only does it hold onto nutrients but also it holds onto water which makes a poor drainage issue. And, when it rains, the whole plot area will swell and when it dries, it will become cracked and parched.

  • Clay Loam Soil

This soil contains more clay than rocks and minerals. The loam appears to be very heavy and dense. Just the same as clay soil, it also retains water, making drainage a bit difficult to pass. However, it can hold onto nutrients needed by the plants.

  • Sandy soil

This soil is a mixture of soil, clay and loam. Sandy soil can be easily dug out, however, the problem is, and it is too loose. With that, the water and nutrients needed by the plants is scarce with this type of soil. So the plants grow sickly and eventually, they die.

 Watch this video on how to improve your soil for great results in the garden.

What’s the perfect solution?

The best way to solve this problem is by adding organic materials to your soil. When you add organic matter, the spaces in between the soil particles will open out, thereby, improving drainage. Not only that, with organic matter, the air and nutrients are increased… making the soil fertile.

For more about organic composting to enrich the soil you have that may not be ideal right now… check out our article posted on this website about composting. Happy gardening!

 

 


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