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28/08/2014 at 23:04

Hi everyone,

I'm not sure if it's possible to identify a soil type by looking at a photo, but if it is, any answers would be greatly appreciated!


28/08/2014 at 23:21

Not a clue Jordan. Though it does look quite loamy?  My soil is loamy but quite a bit darker - East Northants here.

29/08/2014 at 00:29

In short. The general theory, of good or suitable loam is this. Take a handful of soli/loam etc. Squeeze it gently, release the presure. The content should remain somewaht compact. In scientific reality this holds fast to the fact that the substance contains sufficient moisture so enabling it to temororarily bond together. In reallity most compounds will do this. It relies upon a fomulae of mass plus moisture etc. However when considering the benefits of soil, dirt earth or whatever you wish to call it. For the pupose of growing plants in it, more is required. Here we enter the area of pH. This is a scientific grading of acidity and alkalinity values. Often rough soil will over time be affected by natural elements etc and thus become viable planting media for various subjects. I'd best leave it there.
29/08/2014 at 00:50

I love the his and hers kneeling pads.

What did you have in mind to grow in there Jordan, maybe just a sprinkling of Bone meal, or I use chicken pellets, may do the trick, you can buy a soil test kit from GC or Amazon, that will tell you if its acid or alkaline. Then you can buy plants accordingly.

29/08/2014 at 08:35

You can buy a soil test kit from most garden centres they should only cost a few pounds but knowing your soil type can save you money. If you know if your soil type is acidic, neutral or alkaline you can find out which plants will suit youth soil type and so you will save money.

It only takes a few minutes to do but make sure you test it in different areas as your soil can differ from area to area.

29/08/2014 at 08:38

Where do you live?  Do you have access to a geology map? If not, I do.   I don't think you're on Chalk for instance (being well acquainted with that).  Possibly a sandy substrate looking at the photo.  Whatever you're on you have a depth of soil to be envied

29/08/2014 at 08:42

Jordan how does the soil feel?  Does a fistful hold together ?  Does it feel sandy or clay,like?  Does it drain quickly or does it hold water?  

A ph test is important, as already said.  It will tell you what you can and cannot grow.  

What would you like to grow there?  Veg?  

29/08/2014 at 09:07

It looks similar to the soil here when we moved in - gritty free-draining sandy loam - it needed lots and lots of manure and home-made garden compost to develop a good structure, but three years of that treatment and it's improved beyond recognition.

Green manures are a good idea, as well as good farmyard manure - as much organic material as you can get will be great.

29/08/2014 at 09:32

I agree with Dove, it looks a potentially good soil, maybe just lacking a bit of heart.

TLC, as Dove suggests seems the way to go.

29/08/2014 at 12:42

Thanks for all of the replies. Here are the coordinates of my allotment -'52.4%22N+1%C2%B003'17.6%22W/@50.8145625,-1.054884,2105m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

And yes, I plan on growing vegetables in my allotment. Green manure is also the method that I am going to use.

29/08/2014 at 17:35

Wow,just inside the border of Kazakhstan then Jordan. It must get nippy there in the winter 

31/08/2014 at 09:11

Oops, lets try that again! I'm not quite sure what happened there. Tried it again and it keeps sending me to Kazakhstan. The coordinates are changing as soon as I hit the post button!

Anyway, here are the coordinates, sorry, you'll have to copy and paste them into Google maps. 50°48'51.9"N 1°03'17.7"W

Also, I took a couple of pH testings and they were all between 6.3 and 6.5.

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