Understanding your garden's soil

The basics of soil
The squeeze test shows this soil to be loam, with an acceptable clay content.
Don Parker
Soil is the foundation of the garden in more ways than one. As goes the soil, so goes the garden. Soil is much more than just dirt. It is a mix of fine rock particles, organic matter, water, air, and microorganisms. How plants perform in your garden and the things you do to encourage them (e.g., with amendments, fertilizers, irrigation) depend on soil characteristics.

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