Learning more about your soil will help you to decide what needs to be done to make it ideal for the plants you want to grow. Nutrient contents from the soil may start to decline over time.
The most widely conducted soil tests are those done to estimate the plant-available concentrations of plant nutrients, in order to determine fertilizer recommendations in agriculture.
In agriculture & gardening, a soil test commonly refers to the analysis of a soil sample to determine nutrient content, composition, and other characteristics such as the acidity or pH level or soil’s texture, drainage capacity, and mineral density.
A soil test can determine fertility, or the expected growth potential of the soil which indicates nutrient deficiencies, potential toxicities from excessive fertility and non-essential trace minerals.
As soil nutrients vary with depth and soil components change with time, the depth and timing of a sample may also affect results. Soil testing is often performed by commercial labs that offer a variety of tests, targeting groups of compounds and minerals.
In olden times, the soil was classified on the basis of its fertility. The soils are classified on the basis of the external features such as texture, color, a slope of land and moisture content in the soil. So, the soils were identified as sandy, clayey, silt and loamy, etc.
Then, they are also classified on the basis of color such as red soil, yellow soil, black soil, etc. The major types of soils found in India are Laterite Soil, Mountain Soils, Black Soil, Red Soil, Alluvial Soil, Desert Soil, Saline and Alkaline Soil, and Peat Soil etc.
Common mineral soil contaminants include arsenic, barium, cadmium, copper, mercury, lead, and zinc. Lead is a particularly dangerous soil component. They may cause a great harm to the plants if they start saturation in the soil. So, test your soil for the goodness.
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In general use, a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
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