Though sometimes invisible to the eye, soil is alive. Soil is an ecosystem where microbes, fungi, hibernating insects and plant roots all compete for nutrients, and where the tiny pockets of air and water navigate. As a result, soil health is the key to homegrown, chemical-free vegetables.
So what is your soil like? Austin’s soil profile changes quite drastically from west to east. West Austin soil is very shallow and laden with limestone. East and southeast Austin soil is composed of a lot of clay. Clay soil is alkaline and rich in nutrients, but with a propensity to compact, which closes up needed air spaces. As a first step, we recommend getting your soil tested by sending a sample to the Texas Plant and Soil Lab or Texas AgriLife Extension. The results will give you a better idea of your soil composition.
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