Soil is the foundation for plant growth and the source of the essential elements. Minerals, air and water are all provided to plants as a gift from the soil. Soils will vary in the degree in which they can provide each of the essential elements and this variance alters the selection of plants which thrive in each particular case. Good quality soil will promote strong plant growth, substantial vegetables, robust blooms and healthy turf. Ensuring that your soil is nutritious and has a good texture will make your goal of a beautiful garden that much easier.

In most cases, the ideal soil for the plants we wish to grow is a rich loamy soil that is well drained. Loam is a soil classification or textural type meaning that the soil has a moderate amount of sand, silt and clay. Of these three components…