Tag Archives: soil components

Trace Elements

These are elements, that effect soil fertility but are present in tiny amounts, too small to measure without some very sophisticated equipment. Different trace elements favour different plants. We are still discovering what trace elements do in plants. In many cases they are present in such small amounts, it is hard to determine if they […]

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 […]

Soil – creating the best growing medium

There are three basic components in soil. At this point we are looking at soil structure rather than the various nutrients needed for the different types of plants. This is a very simple version for the average gardener, not a geological exercise : Humus – this is basically plant material, mostly plant fibre. It retains […]