Bryson Elementary: School of Soil, Part II

“What is the most important thing in a garden?”


Week after week, my students get the same question. To drive home the point, students experience soil in as many ways as possible.

Besides smelling soil, which I wrote about in my last post, students dig in the soil with both trowels and their bare hands.

What does it feel like? I ask.




Ding, ding, ding! Sand can be either sandy, loamy or clay.

“Why does this matter?” I ask.

To illustrate the effects, I draw particles of sand versus clay. Sand molecules are larger so there is more space for water to flow.

So why does soil matter so much?

“Without good soil, plants can’t get food or water!”

Christine Lai

Christine Lai is a UCCE Master Gardener who joined Enrich LA in 2016. She began gardening in California in 2013 when she removed her parents’ lawn and replaced it with water wise landscaping. Today, her interests have widened to include edible and native plant gardening. She keeps a worm bin and misses the open compost pile in her old home terribly.