• Jon Mychal Heatherly

Discover and Improve Loam Soil

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

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Loamy soil is the gold standard. It mixes sand, silt, and clay in a way that combines their best qualities, but it requires some maintenance and upkeep. Loam drains well and provides excellent structure, and it contains multitudes of organisms.


These ecosystems nourish without the need for conventional fertilizers if desired. Fortunately, loamy soil tends to be blacker and acidic and dries more slow during the summer heat. One must amend soils each year by composting, mulching, rotating crops to improve soil quality.


Pros: Loamy soil has a strong structure, holds moisture, drains well, and nutrition. Cons: Requires monitoring and maintenance. Vegetables: Most crops. Ornamental: Climbing vines, bamboo, perennials, tubers, and shrubs. (i.e. wheat, tomatoes, sugar cane, peppers, corn, cotton, green beans, etc.)


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