Garden Basics, Determine Your Soil Type

Hi I’m Avry, 

I use They / Them pronouns. I began my agriculture path 10 years ago by packing up from New York City for the sunshine of Southern Arizona to learn how to farm vegetables. Growing food taught me unexpected lessons about eating, cooking and strength. The journey continued and brought me to the Pacific Northwest where my passion for growing food expanded into learning about natural medicine and the power of healing plants. Now calling California home for the past 4 years, the passion to help others experience the transformative joys of growing our own foods and medicines persisted.  We live in a time where the world, we as the people on it, need more quality, mindful, delicious foods and medicines. When Christy and I met we were delighted to share this passion and Sandhill Springs Perennial Permaculture began to flow. I am so joyed to be a part of this journey with you to learn how to grow food and herbs.   

Let’s begin with the fundamentals. You probably see Soil Type preferences in the descriptions of our nursery starts. What is it and how do you know what your soil type is? 

Soil Type refers to the textural components of your soil and will affect how water moves through your soil. Three key components of your soil are Sand (the largest particles), Silt (mid sized particles) and Clay (the smallest particles). Different plants have been cultivated and adapted to grow in these various soil mixtures. Soil type also affects how often and how much water is ideal for your garden! 


Easy Soil Type Test! 

Fill a clear glass jar with the top 6 inches of your soil! 

Screw on the Lid

Shake, Shake, Shake

Let it sit for 2+ days. 


Use this fun chart to figure out your soil type! 

Great! Remember you might have different soil types in different areas of your garden, so give it a whirl and find the best perennial plants for you! 

We here at Sandhill Springs Perennial Permaculture Nursery have a loamy sand, yep that's why we call it a Sandhill!

Keep checking the blog for more on gardening basics.