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Q.My brown soil is often hard and dry

Zone Lebanon, Beirut | highlyrounded added on July 19, 2019 | Answered

It kind of looks like this https://d2gg9evh47fn9z.cloudfront.net/800px_COLOURBOX7969904.jpg but without the many cracks. I always try to place my finger in the soil to check if it’s moist, but in the case of this soil, it’s always dry and hard. Everyday. Even though I live in Lebanon where the climate is humid and hot (30 degrees celsius). In fact, yesterday I tried place my finger inside the soil, but I couldn’t. And my finger was cut because of the excessive force I tried to use. Also, I place this soil in medium sized pots like these https://d2gg9evh47fn9z.cloudfront.net/800px_COLOURBOX7969904.jpg . But I never notice the water going down the drainage holes for these pots. Is this normal? Is this soil not good for plant growth? Is there a way to make it usable?

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Answered on July 19, 2019

It is always best to use pictures of your own soil, because those cracks help to indicate exactly what the soil consists of. This will determine what amounts of things you will need to add to make the soil usable. Still it is best to avoid clay soils in container.

First, I'll start off by saying this: It will be much easier to get pre-bagged soil online than it will to build it. Should you still need to amend your heavy clay soil, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

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