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Slide 1: ==== ==== All information regarding Soil, please check the provided websites: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=David_Cushion, http://www.rightpands.com, and others. http://EzineArticles.com/, http://www.rightpands.com ==== ==== No matter how large or how small your intended gardening area, you first need to take a good look at the type of soil present in your yard or plot and determine what kind of condition it is in. How do you do that? First, you need to know that there are five different types of soil. Sure, most people look at it and think of it as plain old dirt, but in reality, those five types of soil will determine what can and cannot be grown in it. The approach to organic gardening is more than avoiding the use of chemicals in design, seeding, growing and harvesting. Organic gardening is all about feeding the soil, not the plants that grow in it. As such, it stands to reason that knowledge about soil and the different types of soil there are, and what makes them unique, will go a long way toward owning a successful garden, no matter what you plant in it. Soil is made up of three different layers: Topsoil - This is the top layer of dirt, that can be anywhere from 2 inches to six feet in depth, depending on the area in which you live. It's the darkest layer of dirt and contains organic matter such as bacteria, worms, insects, and fungus that are good for plants, trees and shrubs. This is the part of soil where plants will take root. Subsoil - This layer of dirt contains fewer nutrients than topsoil and is inhospitable to roots. It's lighter in color than topsoil and contains no humus. Devoid of nutrients, subsoil is nevertheless important, as it affects soil drainage. Parent Material or Bedrock - This layer of soil consists mainly of rocks from which the minerals found in the previous two layers of soil come from. While this layer is usually of no concern to gardeners, it's located on high ground, this layer may be more shallow than in other locations In addition to the different soil layers, there are also five different kinds of soil. It's important to know what kind of soil exists in your planned garden area so that you are able to manage it, as well as plan cultivation around its nature. Soils can be: a)Clay
Slide 2: b)Sand c)Silt d)Peat e)Limestone Every soil type comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, and garden management will depend on what kind of soil is present. To determine what type of soil you have, use the following identification guidelines. You can literally play with the soil and figure it out, no fancy equipment required! Here is an easy way to determine what type of soil you have: Take a small amount of soil, about a tablespoon, into your hand. Moisten with a little water to make it workable. Once moistened, attempt to shape it. If it maintains a certain shape that will determine what type of soil you have. For example, if you can't shape the soil into a ball, you have sandy soil. If you can, then try to flatten the ball without breaking it up. If it retains its shape, then you have silty, or loamy sand. If you can roll that flattened ball into a thick roll, like a breadstick, you have loam soil. If you can alter that shape even thinner, you have clay loam. Finally, if you can bend that tube into a horseshoe shape without cracking or breaking, you have clay soil. Another indicator is the texture of the soil. Take a look at the following list of soils and their general appearance and textures. Clay - Generally heavy, and feels sticky when moistened, but hard and compact when dry. Clay does not drain well and is difficult to work under wet conditions. Sand - Sandy soil is light and dry. It can feel gritty when rubbed between the fingers. It's easy to work and warms quickly in the spring. Because it's free draining, nutrients are easily lost, so some type of fertilizer is almost always a must. Silt - This soil is neither sticky nor gritty, and soil particles are generally small. Silt is smooth and fine to the touch. When wet, it can pack down like clay soil and drain badly. Peat - Peat is very dark brown or gray in color and feels almost spongy. It is rich in decomposed organic matter and needs little manure or fertilizer. However, peat soil is easily waterlogged, as well as being acidic in nature, so you may need to add lime. Limestone - This type of soil is light or even 'pale' looking. It also contains a large proportion of stones. It's free draining and loses water quickly. When topsoil depth is inadequate, it makes for poor planting conditions. Alkaline in nature, it is unsuitable for many plants. When considering a garden you must first look at the type of soil present in your yard or plot and determine its condition. Next you need to know that there are five different types of soil: Clay, Sand, Silt, Peat, and Limestone. The soil type will determine what can and cannot be grown in it.
Slide 3: Copyright &copy; Larry Gildea, All Rights Reserved. Dr. Larry Gildea has authored several articles on gardening. Dr. Gildea has created these gardening websites, [http://www.gardeningbonanza.com] and [http://www.organicgardensystems.com] Gardening Bonanza.com covers many types of gardening, including, bonsai design and cultivation, container gardening, flower gardening, rose gardening, hydroponics gardening and several others. Organic Garden Systems.com is dedicated exclusively to organic gardening. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Larry_Gildea ==== ==== All information regarding Soil, please check the provided websites: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=David_Cushion, http://www.rightpands.com, and others. http://EzineArticles.com/, http://www.rightpands.com ==== ====

   
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