We don't have soil, we garden in raised beds with Mel's Mix from Square
Foot Gardening. One third vermiculite, one third peat moss, one third
compost, we use the "Black Cow" compost. Black Cow is composted cow
manure from feedlots, so far it is pretty good. In addition we have a
compost barrel that gets emptied maybe twice a year. All garden throw
aways get chopped with a machete or the mower, all the grass clippings,
kitchen vegetable scraps, etc. Occasionally I will sprinkle a cup of
"compost booster" into the barrel to keep it ginning. Mel's Mix is
basically neutral as far as my tests have shown.
We do use some commercial fertilizers but sparingly, particularly after
heavy rains. So far this morning we're just getting a drizzle but the
weather heads are bleating about lots of rain soon. We shall see,
weather forecasting is, at best, an educated guess.
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