Healthy soil is the cornerstone of any successful garden. In the Northeast, where the climate and soil types can vary dramatically, it’s important to understand what your soil needs to support your garden. Here’s a guide on how to assess your soil’s health, and a few gardening tips to improve it. 

Understanding Soil Types in the Northeast

The Northeast features a range of soil types, from sandy soils along the coast to clay-rich soils inland. Each soil type has its benefits and challenges:

Sandy Soil: Drains quickly but doesn’t hold nutrients well.

Clay Soil: Holds nutrients and water but has poor drainage and may become compacted.