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Do you know your soil type?

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by JWK, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. JWK

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    Soilscapes Cranfield University

    Soilscapes lets you zoom into a map showing your local soil types. Select the “postcode” option then the “i" Identity option to find out your soil type and profile. Mine says “Shallow, lime rich soils over limestone or chalk”. Yes that’s accurate for me, anyone else used it?

    It's only for England and Wales.
     
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    • HarryS

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      That is one amazing site John ! How on earth have they mapped the soil types so accurately.
      My soil is
      Slowly permeable seasonally wet slightly acid but base-rich loamy and clayey soils
      Doesn't exactly trip of the tongue but I am going to impress someone when they ask !!:yess:
       
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        Good find John,

        Naturally wet loamy & clayey floodplain soils.
         
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          Did it know that you were growing carrots as well Ziggy ? It knew I was :D
           
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            Seems useless for those who are colourblind and have dodgy eyesight.
             
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              Slightly acid loamy and clayey soils with impeded drainage.
               
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                something I will be buying in the spring is a decent soil testing kit .... been reading up about these and is good for testing lawns and flower beds before adding fertilizer

                some people say one should not add fertilizer before testing?
                 
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                Shallow lime-rich soil over chalk or limestone. Yep, that's it! Texture: loamy. I must admit it's a joy after London clay. You could spend days digging out a decent sized hole, only to discover that you had constructed a sump.

                How many people would do a bit of soil research before moving to a new area? After my experiences on heavy clay, I think I would.
                 
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                  Freely draining, slightly acid sandy soil. Low fertility.

                  No kidding. Think I already new that. :cool:

                  One day of sunshine and it turns to dust.
                  Never seen a puddle in my garden in 23 years.
                  Eats as much compost/muck as I can throw at it.
                   
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                    Slowly permeable seasonally wet acid loamy and clayey soils

                    Not sure about the acid soil, but agree with the rest. :) Might have to test it myself now.
                     
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                      Hiya *dim*

                      My guess is that any test carried out AFTER adding fertiliser would be tainted/influenced.
                       
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                        have read the same comments on several forums but have the belief that if you test properly, (irresepective if you have fertilized prior), this will give you an indication of the current soil situation/composition, and will assist in the strength/formulation of the fertilizer that should be added?
                         
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                        CONCRETE AND TARMACADAM Low fertility not suitable for most vegetation :-) M90

                        Well that's what it would say if it went north of the border


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                          "Current" being the objective term. IMO, one needs to know the underlying composition, especially when growing veg ;)
                           
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                          just goes to show .... there is so much that I still need to learn, but I am ecstatic that you are at hand on Gardener's corner, so will be 'picking your brain' in the near future ....

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