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Knowing and Improving Your Soil (page 3 of 12)

The structure, fertility, drainage and acidity (pH) of your soil all have an impact on the health of the plants. Knowing what type of soil you have and how to improve it will help you to create the best growing environment.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Add Organic Matter to Help Sandy Soil

Add organic matter to sandy soil to help it retain moisture.

Determining the Soil's Texture, continued

Light, sandy soil falls through your fingers when squeezed; and fine silt feels silky. Sandy soil is light to dig, but dries out and loses nutrients rapidly.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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