How to understand your soil

Plants need a growing medium to give them anchorage and stability, and to provide air, water and nutrients. This makes it critical to plant growth. A growing medium can be soil or alternatives such as composts, rockwool, perlite or even just a nutrient solution.

In this ‘how to’ section we will look at what’s in soil, how it can benefit or reduce plant growth, and how to tell what the soil is like in your garden.

What is soil?

Soil texture – sandy/silty/clay soils

Soil structure – including problems such as compaction and capping

Organic matter

Soil pH

Soil nutrition

Assessing your soil

Fixing your soil