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sunita
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August 1, 2012 - 7:56 pm
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Hi, How can I check the soil quality and whether it is at all suitable for veggies? Thx.

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Hi,

 

You can make any soil cultivable. If you are planting in containers/pots, make sure the mix is basically soil, dried cow dung/compost and little sand, proportion being 1/3 each. This will ensure good drainage as well as moisture holding capacity. You don't want the soil to be too soggy, "clayish" etc..

 

If you are planting in the ground, try to add compost, dried cowdung etc at the bottom in the pit where you are planting.

 

Incase the soil is too "clayish", dig around 9-12 inches (look up single digging or double digging techniques), then add 2-3 handful of compost and mix well. Clay doesn't aerate well. So water stagnates and the roots don't run deep, eventually plants become weak or die/become stagnant.

You can also saw cover crops (just throw in any dicote seeds and allow it to grow for couple of months before you plant the actual plant/seeds). This will make soil fertile in couple of seasons.

 

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Biju

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Biju,

 

I think she could be referring to the Ph levels of the soil, whether its acidic or alkaline may be? Sometimes the soil isn't rich in nutrients so the plants don't grow well.

 

There should be ways to improve the fertility then?

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