I have a load of dirt. It is probably fairly sterile; that is, not
too much humus in it.
I want to convert it into topsoil. What I have done in the past is to
add peat moss and manure. This seems to work OK, but I'm sure there
are better options..
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
(There used to be an active gardening newsgroup. What happened to
start a compost pile, add grass clipings leaves etc, mix in dirt and
add some water and stir occasionally.
or just pile it all up and leave sit for a few years.......
either way nice rich topsoil will be your reward.
Just add organic matter like grass clippings and leaves, it will
degrade by itself, you need to test it to determine if its to much
clay or sand, google how to do it. Its simple like getting it wet and
see how it clumps for clay and draining for sand. But you cant go
wrong adding more yard waste to uping the organic matter content.
Grass clippings dry out so you wont be adding nearly as much matter as
you think, leaves I would do by weight , adding 20-30 % by weight will
help any soil, since grass can dry out maybe 50% you could add by
weight since it will dry out. Google on how to test and ammend soil,
there are specific recomendations for different problems, but you
realyycant addd to much organic matter for gardens. I know one nursery
for shade plants that has all it plants in just clippings and chipped
trees, it all turns to dirt rapidly.
I have a long counter that gathers junk, in front of large windows facing
east and under a huge fluorescent shop light. Good place to grow plants,
right? Is it feasible (and reasonable) to swap out the ballast and tubes
in the shop light to turn it into a grow light? Or should I just get rid
of the fluorescent light and replace the whole thing with a purpose made
If starting from scratch, what would you use?
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