If the soil is too soggy, then it can cause the roots to rot and the plants will eventually die. If the soil is too dry then the plant will not get adequate water and eventually they will die. Hence, providing plants with appropriate soil type is very important.
Planting Soil Tips and Tricks
You can start a garden in two ways. First is to decide the plants you want to grow in your home garden, and then make amendments to the soil in the garden to suit the plants. Another way is to test the soil in different areas of the garden, and see what type of soil is present in different patches of the garden, and accordingly select the plants.
Most people tend to follow the former method. If you have plants you want to grow in your garden, consider these tips to improve the quality of garden soil, to make it suitable for growing plants. However, if you are thinking of soil testing first, and then planting various plants, then go to the latter section for learning how to perform test on soil.
Silt particles are larger than clay and feel soft like flour, but when the soil is dry it feels slippery. This soil is quite rich and has poor drainage. Loam soil is a combination of silt, sand, clay and is the best type considered for gardening. So, first go around the garden and check for soil, at least three places to see what type of soil is present.
To check for soil drainage and soil pH test, use these steps. For drainage, dig a hole in the ground at least one foot deep, and fill it up with water. If the water drains within 5 minutes, the soil is a well-drained one. If it takes 10 minutes for the water to drain, the soil is okay, but if it takes 20 minutes or more, then the soil drainage is poor.
To check the pH of the soil, perform this simple test. Scoop some soil from three areas of the garden and perform this test on all samples. Put sample one in a container and add half cup of vinegar to it, if the mix fizzes it means you have alkaline soil.
But, if there is no reaction, then add half cup of water in the sample of another freshly scooped soil, and then mix some baking soda to it, and see if the mix fizzes, if it does, then you have highly acidic soil.
Different plants require different pH soil, however most go with a pH between 6 to 7.5. However, if you have a plant which needs acidic or alkaline soil then consider container gardening. For example, soil for tomatoes should have a pH of 6 to 6.5.