A General View
The catch is that very few of us are fortunate enough to have ideal conditions. I have checked soil surveys of five leading agricultural states to see how much "ideal" soil exists. In these surveys, top quality land was graded as #1, and the rest graded down to #10. In no state could I find as much as 10 per cent of the land that would grade as #1. Thus, even if you happen to live in one of these top agricultural states, the chances are nine to one against your having soil which does not need attention.

Soil is the most fascinating element in your garden, and it is also, for practical purposes, an easy-to-understand element. Types of soil, organic and mineral content, and the beneficial activity of soil fungi and bacteria, all bear heavily on your success with plants. With a minimum of knowledge you can make this marvelous material-soil-your greatest gardening ally.

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