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Has anyone here made up their own garden soil mix?? Maybe you would have some advice for me.
I want to make some home-made garden soil for a new bed so I have been doing a little research. And I want to make this garden soil using organic amendments.
I have been reading about the benefits of 'Rock Dust' (Darius' excellent articles among others) and
're-mineralizing the soil' with other additives and amendments .
And it seems to me that right here in the Ohio River Valley we would naturally have many cheap and easily available sources for it, like gravel pits and so on. Or even farm supply stores. Or along the interstates in Ky where it looks pretty rocky. (I don't want to send away for these amendments or buy them at 'Natorps' type places).
So, Does anyone here in the Ohio River Valley know details about the qualities of our 'natural' soil amendments in the area?
And does anyone know of an especially good local or regional source for free or almost free really good rock dust or other amendments like maybe mushroom compost or alfalfa fines or pellets (with no added salt)?
And do you have any experience or advice on using rock dust or volcanic dust or other things similar to 'green sand?
Thanks (in advance) for any info or advice on how to make this garden soil using local sources.