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  • Good soil is the most important ingredient for a healthy, successful garden.
  • What is soil made of? It's a mixture of air, water, inorganic material, minerals, and decomposed plant and animal material. That sounds disgusting, doesn't it?
  • You can buy a soil test kit at garden stores or through mail order catalogs. It will help you determine what your garden soil is composed of before you decide what to plant.
  • There are two basic types of soil: clay and sandy.
  • Most soil is a combination of these two types and is sometimes visible as separate layers.
  • Soil can be further classified by its pH level. The two extremes are acidic, like lemons, or alkaline, like a battery.
  • Most soil falls somewhere between the two, but you may find it can be improved by adding specific organic nutrients or bulk to it. This is called soil conditioning.

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