I have extra Sweet Peat left after topdressing the lawn. We bought several Hardy Hibiscus. The area where we want to plant them has rock hard clay. I was going to dig down and amend, but then I realized that when it rains, I'll have big bowl of amended soil soup! So, I built a frame from 2 X 8's and filled it with Sweet Peat. I noticed that the Sweet Peat was "steaming" when I dug into the pile and the filled raised bed is actually warm to the touch. The compost is still "hot".
So, what do you think? Can I plant directly in this stuff? Should I amend the Sweet Peat with some of that clay? Use some peat moss? See a movie? I sure don't want to fry my new Hibiscus plants!
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