'The Perfect Garden Soil'
(Short excerpt from "Gardener's Guide to Better Soil' by Gene Logsden, Rodale Press, 1975)
"The perfect soil for your garden would be a deep silt loam of good tilth, at least 5% humus, through which water percolates readily. It should contain 45% minerals, 25% water, and should be aerated well enough so that 25% of any given block of soil would be air space. If such a soil had a pH of 6.5, had just been fertilized with 15 tons of rotted manure per acre, and had been dressed with a couple of tons of rock phosphate two years ago, then you would have not just soil, but a priceless inheritance."
What struck me about this passage was the '25% air space.' I think that the new garden spot I tilled last Fall lost its air spaces in places where water collected. Any thoughts on how best to re-aerate puddley spots?