It is a common misconception that just because plants appear to be thriving, the soil they grow in must be free from pollution and contamination. Not much could be further from the truth.
The fact is that the presence of potentially harmful heavy metals, various hydrocarbons, asbestos and other things that can pose significant risks to our health can exist in the soil seemingly without affecting what’s growing in it. Whether these ended up in the soil because of past industrial land use in the area, proximity to heavy traffic or former mining sites, past flooding and even farming activities, their presence can have a calamitous impact on our well-being.
The same also applies to soil fertility. Again, just because the majority of plants seem to be doing relatively well, does not necessarily mean that the soil has sufficient supplies of nutrients to allow the things we grow to properly thrive. Or that the type of soil we have – be that its pH, texture or organic matter content – lends itself to growing the things we want to grow.
There’s sometimes a very good reason why our attempts never seem to match the glory on display on seed packets or in magazines. Or, even more annoyingly, what the neighbours have on display in their gardens. So, it is wise to use soil testing to unlock a soil’s secrets and, ultimately, ensure that our gardens thrive. Safely.
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