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Soil Types

Depending on where you grow crops, you may have to change your strategies. This is partially because of light, but mainly caused by soil types.

If your soil drains badly, can be moulded in to a ball with your hands and keeps that shape, it is probably clay soil. This is often hard to dig, especially after heavy rain.

Sandy soil drains well, and may contain visible sand, and if you roll it into a ball, it will fall apart. This is useful as it drains well, but plants often grow better if you dig in some compost.

Loamy soil is well drained and contains nutrients. It is evenly balanced, and possibly the best type of soil for an allotment.


Pricking Out

When you have seedlings which are too large to stay in the seed tray or pots anymore, and are large enough to handle, you should prick them out into larger pots. Make sure you prepare enough pots first, as plants with uncovered roots often wilt. Poke a hole in the soil surface with your finger for the new seedling.


  1. Using the tip of a pencil, lift the plant’s roots out carefully from under the soil, while supporting the leaves with your fingers.
  2. Once the roots are loose, lift the plant by a leaf and place it into the new pot. Make sure it is not too deep.
  3. Gently push down the soil around the plant to firm it down, and water well.