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The Pros & Cons of Loam Soils

16-Nov-2013 | Contributed by: Guest Author

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Loam soil

Loam soils are sought after because they are considered to be the best soil type. They are easy to work with, well-draining (without drying out), and fertile. They are usually a mix of clay and sand, and contain the benefits of both, without many of the cons. Loam soil is dark, crumbly, and soft.

Pros of loam soil

  • Loam soil is easy to work with.

  • You can grow almost anything in loam soil.

  • Loam soils drain well, but still retain moisture.

  • Fertile, and retains nutrients.

  • Well aerated.

Cons of loam soil

If you have loam soil, consider yourself lucky, because it is the ideal soil type!

What to grow in loam soil

Most crops will grow well in loam soil, including:
  • Tomatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Roses
  • Marigolds
  • Zinnias
  • Apples
  • Aster
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chives
  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Peonies
  • Spinach
  • Silverbeet
  • Kumara
  • Turnips

Tips for working with loam soil

  • Do a soil test to determine the acidity levels of your soil. You may need to add lime or compost to get the soil's pH right.

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