The Secrets you need to know about Your Soil before Planting

The Secrets you need to know about Your Soil before Planting

Growing or planting your vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants requires a well adapted soil especially rich, healthy and well prepared. In this type of soil, the roots can be easily installed and absorb all the necessary elements for their growth.

Here there is some information about soil, and then some tips to prepare a good soil for a successful growing.

Which plant for which soil?

Remember that each plant needs a specific type of soil with a precise structure and texture. However, they all need a well drained soil, light, airy and rich in nutrients.

If you plan to grow in open ground, so the question is “which plant for my soil?”. If you plan to grow in pots the question will be “which soil for my plants?”. 

As already mentioned above, most soils are a mix of different amounts of clay, silt and sand, and this mixture that gives different soil types.

Plants for clayey soils

The clayey soil is rich in nutrients because it retains water and fertilizers due to its compact structure. Plants belonging to Poaceae and Fabaceae families are the most suitable plants for this type of soil. To ameliorate the quality of the clayey soil, add some sand or peat.

Some suitable plants for the clayey soil: oak, holly, ash, rosebush, orchid, lilac, pear tree, snapdragon, cherry tree, tomato, lettuce, eggplant, melon.

Plants for silty soils

Silty soil is often associated with sand or/and clay. It is a suitable soil for a large number of plants. This type of soil must be enriched regularly to allow good productions.

Some suitable plants for silty soil: ash, lilac, gooseberry, leek, cabbage, marigold, shrub rose, apple tree, beet.

Plants for sandy soils

Unlike clay soils, the sandy soil is very light and does not retain water and nutrients. Therefore, it is preferable to improve its quality by adding peat or compost.

Some suitable plants for sandy soil: heather, birch, cedar, rhododendron, lavender, raspberry, agave, spurge, cactus, sedum, garlic, radish, onion, thyme.

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