What Is Soil Made Up Of And How Is Soil Formed?

Phil: Hey guys this is Phil from smilinggardener.com.
If you haven’t picked up my free online organic gardening course, you can do that right on
my homepage of smilinggardener.com but this is today is this is actually the first
of the new three series of lessons on how
to grow a healthy organic garden, obviously I am not in my garden right now, I am actually
in the south of Peru hanging out on the beach here. I am in Peru for another month or so
and once I get back in my garden maybe reshoot this video and I will certainly be shooting
more videos in this series of lessons but I wanted to stay talk about soil.
Always when I start a new any kind of like my smilinggardener academy which is my online
gardening course or even this free series of lessons here I always started talking about
soil even though it’s not the most exciting for some people because it’s definitely the
most important thing for having organic garden is improving your soil. What I am talking
about today in this first lesson. I am not gonna say it all in the video but
is how soil forms and what soil is made of because this is really important question
to ask ourselves, we can learn a lot by asking this so if we look at this soil here.
If I try to roll this into a ball and then into a cylinder I can’t do it. It just falls
apart and that’s because it’s sand. Obviously I am on a beach but you can do this in your
soil and you can kind of figure out how much sand you have, how much clay you have, clay
sticks together more and that helps you make a lot of decisions about how much water to
apply, how often to water how much fertilizer you can apply, which plant you should be planting,
really helps to know your soil texture is what we call that, texture sands tilting clay
and then what texture we can help figure our structure which is how our soil stays together.
How it aggregates, helps us answer a lot of these gardening questions. So I will talk
more about it and
the written part of the post I am gonna get into it today because I can’t really show
you anything but that is all for now.

29 thoughts on “What Is Soil Made Up Of And How Is Soil Formed?

  1. Thank you, Phil. I look forward to your update. I hope it is soon, as I am going to be planting and transplanting in a day or two. I have my amendments ready. Azomite, kelp meal, bone meal, cottonseed meal, sea-90 and worm castings. I did what you said last Fall, adding organic matter and all of the above ingredients. I really like how you TEACH about building a good soil. Smiles, Lark

  2. The soil in our yard is dense clay but I have been adding compost and peat moss each year and it's made such a difference. I do need another compost bin as the little one we have just doesn't allow us to use up all the yard waste.

    I enjoyed your first video in the series as I need to learn more about our soil and how to make it better. I'm looking forward to the rest of your series.

  3. seen your some of your previous videos – this new one has an excellent vibe, fun and interesting and informative – NICE ONE – keep it up.

  4. Great video! I really appreciate your enthusiasm and the genuine care you put into organic gardening & teaching others about it. Thank you!

  5. I watched ALL of these and you get almost NO details.He talks about showing you how to do it on other source.Why wast this time?????

  6. wow man,

    Slow down when you talk. Your like a machine gun.

    Takng in what you are saying is really difficult..


    Bill from England.

  7. Hello I’m a general contractor and I was curious if you have more in-depth courses on soil as I do a lot of excavation work and I believe this knowledge would help me

  8. Great video!
    Additionally, organic matter is food for tiny creatures that bore through the soil, and their activity improves the porosity of the soil. Some creatures (earth worms) leave a film in the soil that adheres sand grains. Organic matter high a high cation exchange capacity, meaning it holds nutrients very well.

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