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Chalk and Limestone Soil


Chalk and limestone soil types are alkaline based, which is extensively located across the UK.

Chalky soil is most commonly shallow, stony and free-draining where organic matter can decay quickly, diminishing its level of fertility.

Although organic matter will fade quickly, it is important to add plenty of it when dealing with chalky soil. Mulch each plant with material such as manure and garden compost and apply plenty of fertiliser.

This should help to conserve moisture and encourage healthy growth.

How do I know if I have Chalk or Limestone Soil

Chalk or limestone soil can be easily identifiable with the eye, as they could contain visible clumps of chalk-like stone that are easily broken up.

A tried and tested way to discover whether you have chalk or limestone soil is by placing it in a jar of vinegar.

If the mixture froths, it means that it contains calcium carbonate (chalk) or limestone and is lime rich.


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