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Des Moines, IA

May 7, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9113806

I always figured that had to be a myth, because clay mixed with sand (and straw) was...bricks!

As for the rubber mulch, I hope no one has used it near their food plants, because leafy greens will grab those heavy metals and you'll wind up with them in your salad bowl.
Mount Vernon, KY

May 7, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9114619

Oh dear!
Since it is clay soil and blueberries don't like clay soil - I added peat moss to the area and tilled it in, planted my blueberries, put down the straw.
Then my husband got me a couple of bags of sand to start my sweet potatoes in and when I finished I just threw the sand down right on top of the straw around the blue berries. So if it is in a layermaybe that is different than mixing it together?

I am sure what the word edjust or aedjust what was that word?
What was meant by that?
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9114632

Thanks for spreading the word about clay soil. Here in Texas, we add what's called expanded shale (sort of like turkey grit) along with compost, to loosen our Black Gumbo clay soil. Works great at getting oxygen into those tightly-packing soil particles.
Mount Vernon, KY

May 8, 2012
7:04 PM

Post #9116472

I just read another blog here on this excellent article, that said they removed the heavy metals before selling it as mulch?
How would you ever know?

And did you all read about gyspum. I wonder if I add that to the soil around blueberries. How much is gyspum anyway?

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