Tell-Tale Signs of a Healthy Soil for Gardening

If you want to experience real immersive gaming of your, then you’d need top specs to be installed in your PC. Just as when you are gardening, it is imperative that the soil you’re using is dense and packs a lot of nutrients. There are many tell-tale signs of healthy soil and this includes plant activity as well as underground animal like fungi and earthworms.

Soil that’s rich in organic matter has the tendency to crumble off of the roots of plants when pulled up. At the same time, they tend to look darker. Signs of good soil are when the root system is spread out. But like what is mentioned, there are other factors to be considered too and these are:

Soil Organisms

As discussed earlier, healthy soil has great animal life in it. To check this, you may want to do the following:

  • Dig for at least 6 inches in your soil
  • Check inside the hole for the next four minutes
  • Count how many species and number of critters you’d see such as centipedes, ground beetles and spiders
  • If it’s less than 10, this means that the soil has low animal life and activity. When doing this test, remember that the more the merrier because this brings down the risks of soil to catch diseases and pests


Worms are important part of soil’s state as well. They are helping in aerating the soil which enables better circulation. At the same time, they are eating organic material in it. With this in mind, seeing big worm population in your soil is an indication that it is rich in nutrients.

Try to check for burrows or casts made by earthworms in the surface of a damp soil. Once done, dig 6 inches deep in it and count how many worms you could find in that chunk. Now, what you want to see here is at least 5 but 3 would be good.

Aside from aerating the soil, worms offer many other benefits too. These worms are leaving secretions that are improving tilth and adding organic matter, plant nutrients, enzymes and bacteria through their casts.

Soil Structure/Tilth

Tilth is basically the tilled soil’s condition. To know more about this, dig at least 6 to 10 inches hole in a damp soil; after that, remove soup can-sized section that’s intact. Once done, break it apart and you should see various sized of chunks or aggregates that held its shape even after applying slight pressure. This is a sign of a healthy soil.