Good Soil – download our useful guide

Good Soil:


What actually is a good soil?

For plants to grow well, they all need light, water and nutrients but just as importantly, a place to grow that suits the plants preferred conditions. So a good soil can’t be a good soil for every plant, you need to know whether the soil conditions you have will suit the plant you want to plant there. For example a rich, moist composty soil is perfect for a number of plants, but utterly useless for others, just as a soil that drains freely is perfect for some plants, but not others.


There are some common factors in all ‘good soils’ that you can look for though, to see if yours is the same.

  • Ease of digging; if you need to jump up and down on the spade to make a hole, just think how hard it is for the roots to push through, so a loose non compact friable soil that is easy to dig, ticks the ‘good’ box.
  • Puddles; how quickly do puddles disappear after it rains, if you don’t see puddles often, then your soil is ‘good’ for drought loving plants, conversely if you puddle a lot, then more moisture tolerant plants are needed.
  • Dark is good; as a general rule of thumb, the darker brown the soil is, the richer the food / nutrient content in the soil.
  • Creepy Crawlies; soil is it’s own ecosystem and the health of any ecosystem is determined by the smallest creatures. They are usually at the bottom of the food chain, so if you soil has plenty of life crawling around, then there is plenty of food for everything and the ecosystem is working well – so you have a healthy ‘good’ soil.

For more information on the types of soil and how to improve your soil – visit our page on Digging


Download our ‘Rule of Thumb’ guide to getting the right types of plants in the right place for your garden.

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Alternatively, If you don’t want to work out which plants to use in your borders, we do have lots of ready made designs you can download for your garden instead. Think of them a bit like recipe cards for the just like we all reach for a cookbook to find something yummy to cook – you can reach for one of our ‘recipes’ and create little plots of ‘happiness’ in your garden too. So have a browse, well; go and make a coffee first and then have a browse!



For lots more advice on soil types, preparing and planting :

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Or if nothing answers your query here, do get in touch and we’ll always try to help out.

You can also download our guides for other soil types too…

Acidic soil Sandy soil Poor soil Clay soil