Soil – for garden – general discussion
While understanding of step by step gardening today we discuss the main and basic factor that is SOIL for the garden.
What soil consists of is ingredients like sand, clay, Chalk, and humus. The best mixture of these ingredients makes the loamy soil.
Soils classified into 8 categories. Alluvial Soil, Laterite Soil, Black Cotton Soil, Red soil, Mountainous or Forest Soils, Arid or Desert Soil, Saline and Alkaline Soil, Peaty, and Marshy Soil are the categories of Indian Soil.
Ideal garden soil consists of sufficient plant food for maximum growth, maximum loam texture, a substantial amount of humus, and a well-drained subsoil.
But soils differ land by land there are chances your garden soil is near to ideal or far to ideal soil. So what you have to do first is take a sample of soil to the nearest soil testing laboratory. There are some private as well as government soil testing laboratory are available in India.
How to take sample it’s simple don’t we need to go very deep in the study as we are not planning any agriculture crop. I will explain soil sampling in the next article about soil sampling.
It generally analyzes macronutrients like carbon, P, K & pH, sulfur, and micronutrients (S, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu)
Get the detailed report of soil and check for an element which are lacking and which are in rich amount. They also recommend Fertilisers to add to make ideal soil. So you can make the ideal soil before gardening and also treat your soil before garden planning, providing recommended based fertilizers.
As you complete the stage of soil testing in the planning of gardening it’s like a “battle half won”, its benefits garden plants in the long period in future in regards to fertility and healthy growth of the plants grown in the garden.
This is how you can get the soil done for your garden.
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