Your Gardening Soil is like a blank canvas on which you perform your gardening magic and produce the wonders that make up your outdoor space. The quality of your garden soil will determine the quality and kind of plants you will be able to grow in your garden.
The different types of soil will influence on the types of plants you will be growing. You won't for example, be able to cultivate rhododendron, azaleas or camellias successfully on heavy clay soil because they need acidic soils with a lot of peat.
So you either have to learn how to adjust your soil to suit the plants you want to grow or pick the types of plants that are happy with those conditions.
We are all blessed with different types of soil and, like our micro-climates, we have to learn to work with what we have. This often means testing soil ph and establishing what nutrients may be lacking with soil testing kits.
It also means learning how to make garden compost, encouraging earthworms finding out about organic soil management and how to use a variety of fertilizers correctly.
Timing is important as well. What tools to use and when to use them constitutes a major learning curve for the beginner gardener.
We try to bring in, on a regular basis, more and more information about soil building. Information that is productive, knowledgeable and easily understood, from writers that have the background and practical involvement with their gardening topics.
Why not start with this video on the basics of soil preparation. It runs for only 4.42 mins and sound needs to be on---