Loamy garden soil is composed of 25-50% sand, 30-50% silt, and 10-30% clay. This is considered the ideal soil because it drains well, holds moisture and is full of nutrients.
The Touch Test- Squeezing a handful of loamy soil in your hand will form a soft crumbly ball.
Since loam is the ideal soil the goal is to maintain it. Do this by increasing aeration by the use of soil dwelling insects which also will leave behind nutrients. Add organic matter to maintain nutrients so plants will thrive by adding compost, green manure, leaf mold, and manure.
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