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Managing Soil Texture

Here's how to make the most of less-than-perfect soil

Soil texture, which refers to the proportion of sand, silt, and clay in a soil, has a far-reaching impact on various soil qualities. It determines how readily the soil holds onto air, water, and nutrients. Texture also has numerous indirect effects on soil humus, soil temperature, and soil microorganisms. In this video, Lee Reich, author of Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden , demonstrates some simple ways to determine and then manage the texture of the soil in your garden.

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