Soil is the Secret

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Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest | Posted on 09-04-2014

“Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.” Virgil 

Your soil is an underlying important aspect to growing healthy and happy plants and gardens.

I grew up in Illinois where the soil was acidic. In Virginia my first garden was in clay soil. I moved to Alabama where the rocky soil was referred to as chert. And while we lived in New York I got a taste of alkaline soil. And now I am back to good old Virginia clay.  When people ask me how different gardening most be in those various climates I actually respond that the climate was not as much a factor as was the difference in the soils. When I transitioned from master gardener programs, I would always take over again the soil class. Knowing your local soil characteristics is the key to choosing plants and making informed gardening choices to amend if needed.

Read more at Plants Map: The Secret is in the Soil: Growing Healthy Plants

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