Berkshire, United Kingdom
I've noticed a black layer about 3 spades deep in the soil in my garden.
I think i'm on Podzol soil, near chobham (heathland), lots of Rhodedhendron and pine tree's.
This layer, which i think is a chemical pan? I dug out/broke up a bit of it..and it is about 3 inches deep,it breaks/crumbles easily, so it is not hard(good sign?) but stays together and is slightly brittle.
My questions - by improving the top layer(2spades) of soil does this black layer go away naturally?
How does this layer affect the plants? And (not really important to answer this) but why is it black?
- 8 Oct, 2011