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JaxFlaGardener wrote: Thanks for the post, plantparent! Yep, I am the laid back lax kind of gardener. Over the past few years, I've come up with the lazy man's approach to organic soil building:
1. Have a large oak tree threatening the homestead taken down.
2. Insist that the tree surgeons leave the felled trunks and branches (thereby saving about half the price for the tree removal and also avoiding having careless clouts drag large branches through my plantings).
3. Ignore the rotting branches and trunks for about 5 years.
4. Eureka! Suddenly there is rich black woodsy humus and lots of earthworms where the oak trunks and branches have been decaying!
5. And, as an added bonus, if the larger portions of the stump hold up for several years, you can use them for an au naturale bromeliad planting (as per photo, below, of my current bromeliad garden).