posted on May, 6 2009 @ 06:24 PM
Right-o. Our "soil" here is heavy, thick clay that dries hard as a brick in the summer and retains way too much water in the winter. It
took me a couple of years to even get lawn grass to grow back there.
To achieve something even resembling garden soil, I had to pulverize a ton or so of hard clay, then mix in a sizable quantity of sand and
organic material (composted cow manure and cheap topsoil) — the result was a dark, rich, crumbly mix that drains quickly and that plants apparently
And this garden soil has lasted for nearly 2 years without bringing in additional compost — it's just as dark and moist and crumbly now as
it was on Day One. The only compost it gets is recycled vegetable matter from the garden itself, managed by a few thousand earthworms — so it's
definitely got its own ecosystem happening.
— Doc Velocity