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What can I possibly say about creating the perfect soil that hasn't already been said by every other gardener? Probably very little actually -- except for two words: organic matter. It's the key to great soil.
What does organic matter consist of? A little of everything that's somewhat moldy (like old leaves), somewhat moist (think used coffee grinds) and somewhat live (you have to love those banana peels). Once you become a fan of using organic matter, you may even want to invest in a compost bin.
A compost pail (a little more compact than a bin) is also a great place to put those clippings of organic matter that you save, and helps the organic matter to formulate as well. Still, with or without composting, organic matter is one of the most useful ingredients of healthy soil.
In fact, I have never heard anyone complain about having too much organic matter. So, keeping that in mind, here's my recipe for a crumbly, moist soil with extra tips and information thrown in for good luck.
Fran's Recipe for Crumbly, Moist Soil
- 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.