Take a look at this.
A handful of soil. But what exactly is soil? Well, soil contains these things:
(that means things that were once living, like dead leaves)
(minerals are things like stone or sand, that come from the ground)
But not all soil is the same; not all soil contains the same amount of water or air, or the same amount or kind of organic matter or minerals.
And some soil is better for growing things than other soil.
Which brings me to today’s ‘mission’. We would work in a ‘team’ to see if we could find samples of at least 4 different types of soil in and around the garden.
- We should be able to find sandy soil, that is a bit like the sand in our sandpit; dry and grainy and pale in colour.
- We should be able to find dark sticky clay.
- We should be able to find stony soil.
- We should be able to find rich, dark, sweet-smelling, crumbly, ‘perfect-for-growing-plants’ soil.
and containers at the ready, off we set. Pretty soon we discovered dry, grainy, pale sandy soil under the trees…..
and stony soil nearby.
There was dark sticky clay…..
at the edges of the flowerbeds; and underneath the pretty flowers…..
and the juicy peppers…..
we found find rich, dark, sweet-smelling, crumbly, ‘perfect-for-growing-plants’ soil.
At least 4 different types of soil in all.
I wonder: Can you tell which is which?