Monthly Archives: September 2015

Soil – Simple testing – the dry test

To test your soil for structure: the dry test dig a small area and remove any plant material. Turn it over and water it lightly tonight. Tomorrow about midday, dig down until it feels moist. Remove a fist full and squeeze it together in your hand.It should stay in a clump, not ooze out between […]

The best soil ?

Different soil structures favour different plants but here’s a rough overview. Root crops like carrots, swedes, turnips and beets all require sandy “open” soils. They have adapted to sending long tap roots down to find water. These tap roots store water and nutrients and fatten up into the vegetables we see in the shop. Carrots […]