Saturday, July 20, 2013

@The Prepper Project: How to Fix Clay Or Sandy Soils

I was particularly happy with this article.

Getting to a point where you know how to build your soil = arriving as a serious gardener. The soil is full of life - steward that and your plants will respond with glorious abundance.


At July 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Great article. The long and short of it is you need to work the soil in these sorts of areas.

My long-term project has been to accumulate as much tree waste as possible from local lawn service companies, trees falling from storms, etc...

I find when I make piles of branches, with a few logs on top to hold them down and gradually compact them, and keep piling grass and leaf mulch on top, trees turn back into soil surprisingly fast (by fast I mean I will have a nice compost heap the following year or two). Throw in some ash from biochar and you end up with really deep black soil full of earthworms.

I have a couple dump truck loads of leaf mulch a lawn service left, and every week I take my lawn tractor with its trailer, fill up a few loads and distribute around my gardening areas. Although lately with all the rain, that leaf mulch is looking more like soil already. When I mow the lawn, I pull a leaf collector behind me and repeatedly dump the cuttings in my gardening areas. It's all about the mulch, baby.

At July 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Preach it!

I really need to get over there and see your plots again. I think it's awesome that you gathered so much stuff, plus made char.

At July 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Let me guess? OM, add OM. Yeah, I'm just going to sit and mediate over my soil "Ommmmm, ommmm, om mani padme hum."


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