How to know if the soil used is still healthy: Simple tests

It is known that every plant needs a certain type of soil, and problems increase during hot periods like this.

In fact, there is a risk of transplanting plants in soil that is unsuitable, not very moist or not rich in certain essential nutrients. But how to go about choosing the right soil? Let’s find out together.

Soil in August: what to know

In agriculture, August is also known as the month related to soil movement: the time when due to summer weather, the soil is dry and needs special care, especially taking into account the previous months’ crops. But let’s go in order.

In the period we are experiencing we will have to start preparing the flower beds and the garden in general for fertilization. Therefore, the type of soil we are going to use will be determined, assuming that we will have to ensure the main nutrients for our plants. To understand whether a potting soil is of good quality and in excellent condition for cultivating, it will be necessary to understand a few things and take advantage of some knowledge.

How to understand if the potting soil is of good quality

We have understood that it is necessary to understand whether the potting soil enjoys a very good condition, otherwise our plants will suffer, as will the whole cultivation. Should the potting soil be clay, alkaline, sandy or limey, it is always necessary that the choice be made carefully. We must take into account the plants that will come into contact with it.

A potting soil must be of good quality, regardless of whatever type of cultivation we are looking for. We must make sure that we ensure compactness and create a surface that dries, yes, but not too quickly. The quickest and easiest way to figure out the type of soil is related to a practical action.

Simply take a sample of soil and note whether it flows quickly and easily between your fingers. Should the answer be affirmative, then it will mean that the soil is sandy. If, on the other hand, the soil in your hand turns out to be very compact, then the soil should be clayey, at least in part.

If compressing the loam in the palm of the hand we notice that it compacts completely, then it will mean that the soil is asphaltic. In such cases, good yield is related to the compost of organic material to be added, or perhaps clay to be expanded. One can decide whether to turn a soil that is too rich in organic matter, acidic, into a neutral soil by adding lime or gypsum.

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