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Beginner Gardening: soil amending?

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Williamstown, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 1, 2009
1:27 PM

Post #7123053

I have a question. I have a lot of fill dirt as my soil. Would you add the top soil that smells like cow doo , and mix in peat moss, or would you use garden soil and add in peat moss?
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2009
11:41 AM

Post #7126191

I think either one would serve the purpose. I have used both and saw no difference.
Williamstown, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 2, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #7126307

Yeh, but one is much
I think I will try the cheaper route this time.
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

October 4, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #7131919

When I began gardening, I had red clay everywhere. I gradually amended my soil using newspapers, shredding paper, and mulch. I could get the mulch for free from local tree trimmers. In a couple of years, it would biodegrade to rich, black gold. Over the course of about 10 years, I amended my entire yard, which is now a botanical garden. (I have no lawn at all anymore.) I still get the fresh mulch from tree trimmers. In fact, they dumped a load this morning for me. I'll use it next to my potting area to start a compost pile.

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