Earlier in the week, I did a practice soil test with material from the front garden. The result for this was that the A-Horizon (top soil) was something like sandy loam but I felt certain my B-Horizon (sub-soil) was some sort of clay.
Anyway, I decided not to test out this theory as I wanted to sow seeds while the ground was wet – and I was supposed to be investigating the forest garden for the MOOC, having chosen this parcel of land last week. So, this afternoon, I dug the requisite hole by the shed and got more than one surprise.
First, I was intrigued to see how deep the strawberry roots went, as I’d imagined them to be a shallow-rooted plant. There were also very few stones, except in the B-Horizon, which turned out to be remarkably easy to dig into. Not one bit like clay.
Sandy loam perhaps? Maybe even loamy sand but it did seem a bit stickier than sand. However, it is clear that the soil is not the nutrient-packed medium I imagined it to be. But why don’t carrots like it?