Topsoil just means soil in the first layer of ground. What gets sold
as topsoil is usually just the top layer scraped from construction sites,
and can be very nice or very nasty. Bagged soils aren't a whole lot
better than run of the mill "topsoil".
If at all possible, I'd be inclined to build my own soil right there,
adding compost and maybe sand (do a shake test). Lots of compost, a
rototiller or small plough, and get it in as deep as possible.
Have you dug any test pits to see what's under there? Are you intending
to grow directly in the ground, or build raised beds?
Begin with a soil test, contact your cooperative extension or Brooklyn
Botannical for guidance there.
If the soil that exists on the site is pretty much devoid of organic
material then 6" of finished compost tilled in to a depth of 1 foot
will bring it up to speed. You then adjust for nutrients and pH.
How close is the hearest coffee joint? Coffee grounds make a good soil
ammendment for depleted soils and you can get them for free.
jeffrey lohn wrote:
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