Making fresh soil for new plants
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|Wed, 04-09-2003 - 8:30am|
One part top soil
One part organic matter
One part peat moss
A handful of sand
Blend together in a wheelbarrow or on the ground using either a pitchfork or your hands. Lay it on top of already existing soil at least four inches deep. Work into the soil vigorously with a pitchfork or rototill.
Now, if you live in a sandy area, less or no sand is needed, and if your soil is heavy in clay, you will need to add more sand and peat moss.
Shucks, in my area, the first year, making two large beds in heavy clay soil, I went through two of the largest squared bags of peat moss, a pick-up truck filled half way in an 8 foot bed of sand, and the leaves from every yard I could get my chance to mow into my grass catcher with. But, since then, I've not worked such large areas, and have had the chance to get soil/tree mixture from people having tree stumps ground out to work with as well.
My step father's method was to use bales of straw, chopped into the soil to help break it up as well, and in some years, some crops just got planted onto worked soil, and simply covered with straw to a depth of 4 to 10 inches, then till that in, in the fall....of course we were raising crops, not pretty flowers...lol
Next week I will tackle (what constitutes compost) and what NOT to put into your compost bins/piles, or those fancy barrels.