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1 - Analysing your soil
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There are six main soil types:

  • Clay
  • Sandy
  • Silty
  • Peaty
  • Chalky
  • Loamy
Clay soil
  • Feels lumpy and sticky when very wet
  • Rock-hard when dry
  • Clay drains poorly
  • Few air spaces
  • Warms slowly in spring
  • Heavy to cultivate
  • If drainage is improved, plants grow well as it holds more nutrients than many other soils
Clay soil
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Plant listsPlants for clay soil.
Sandy soil
  • Free-draining soil
  • Gritty to the touch
  • Warms up quickly in spring
  • Easy to cultivate
  • Dries out rapidly
  • May lack nutrients, which are easily washed through the soil in wet weather (often called a "hungry" soil.)
Sandy or gravelly soil
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Plant listsPlants for sandy soil.
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1. Know your plot

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Assessing your plot
Analysing your soil
 Soil types
 Soil ph
Drawing a survey
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