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What type of soil is best to grow plants in?


 
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Tom
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject: What type of soil is best to grow plants in? Reply with quote

We are just after buying a terraced house with a small back and front garden.
There was a lot of renovation and building work done to the house.
The soil in the gardens after the builders is all mucked up with concrete, plaster, oil, wood and weeds etc.
We have decided to remove that soil and replace it with some new stuff.
So my question is.....What type of soil is best to grow plants in?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 11:33 pm    Post subject: What type of soil is best to grow plants in? Reply with quote

What types of plants do you wish to grow Tom?
If you wish to grow a lot if acid loving plants then you should try and track down a soil with an acid PH.
For example, an acid soil will allow you to grow such beauties as azeleas, Pieris, Skimmia, Enkianthus, Camellia and so on.
Most plants will do well in a soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline soil apart from the acid lovers.
A sticky or on the other hand a light sandy soil can result in the demise of certain plants.
However, there are certain trees, shrubs and perennials that do quite well in those conditions.
So, I think the first thing you should do is create a list of your most wanted plant, then see which soil type they are most suited to.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 12:57 pm    Post subject: What type of soil is best to grow plants in? Reply with quote

Wow what a fortunate position you find yourself in Tom. Most of the time the gardener is constrained by the type of soil that they are stuck with but now you are going to be able to choose it. Meaning that your choice of plants is increased. You lucky devil Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 2:20 pm    Post subject: What type of soil is best to grow plants in? Reply with quote

Yeah tom, you are lucky.Very Happy
A new start and a new garden.
You will learn a lot as you create your new garden, hope I can be of some help as you do.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:21 pm    Post subject: What type of soil is best to grow plants in? Reply with quote

All I can say is make sure you spend a bit and get a good quality soil.
Dont bring in a hungry or sticky soil as it will break your heart.
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