When I first started gardening I didn’t know a thing about soil much less different types of soil that certain plants needed. So I’ll share some things I have learned about herbs and soil.
There is clay soil, medium soil, light soil, sandy soil, wet soil and loam soil. You can determine what kind of soil you have by getting a quart class jar with a lid. Put a few tablespoons of soil in the jar and fill it with water. Put the lid on the jar and shake really hard and then leave the jar alone for a couple days while the contents settle. After a couple days get a marker and mark the jar at the point of each layer you see.
Here in Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9) we have clay soil. Which means my jar once settled will have a narrow band of sand and stones covered by a much thicker band of clay. This is called “clay soil”. Medium soil will have equal layers of sand and clay. Light soil will have a thick layer of sand and a narrow band of clay.
In light sandy soil water drains quickly and takes all the nutrients with it. All Mediterranean herbs will love light sandy soil, such as:
There are herbs that prefer Clay soil, such as:
Moist loam soil is loved by some herbs, such as:
Here is a list of herbs that prefer wet soil:
Loam soil is rich in nutrients and well drained, therefore the following herbs thrive in it: