Month: April 2014

Best soil for plant growth

Each different type of soil is better suited to different types of plants. The only bad soils are sand, clay soil and alluvial soil. Sand has too much drainage and plants just blow away as there is no substance to bind the soil together, sand also has very little nutritional value to provide plants. Although squash and corn grows well in clay soil. Clay soil struggles to absorb water naturally, it also requires extensive labour to prepare clay soil for planting. Corn also grows well in alluvial soil but that also lacks nutritional value and it dries out quickly. Alluvial soil was the soil involved in the “Dustbowl of the 1930’s.” Loam is the best soil for plant growth because it retains nutrients well and retains water while still allowing excess water to drain away. It is a soil consisting of sand, silt and clay and it has a strong granular structure, promoted by a high content of organic matter. By combining these three types of soil, loam gives you the best characteristics of all three. This enables you to grow almost any type of plant without having to add too much to the soil. The clay and silt help… Read more »