Reclaiming long abandoned terraced flower beds. First step is adding "soil." Mowed the puny grass down in a 4x8 area, raked out big pieces for the compost pile. Waited a week and sprayed anything green with roundup. The next day I soaked the area. Laid down thick cardboard, rough side down, soaked that. Took my little Toy truck to the landscape supply guys at Cornerstone. One truck-load of mushroom compost shoveled on top of the bed. One truck-load of red clay so-called "topsoil." Another truck-load of mushroom compost. Stirred with a shovel. Stepped back and looked. My 14 year old Malamute is eating horse doo. Aside from that, the bed is TOO TALL. I mean, really, who needs 30" of "soil" for daylilies and coneflowers. LOL. Mixed it up with a shovel, prepared the next 8 feet of terrace which is handily already mowed and sprayed, more water, more cardboard, more water. Spread the soil out. Instead of a 4x8, have a 4x16 bed that is a solid 15 inches deep. It'll settle. That's fine. Will drain like a seive. Even better. This combo will sift in the hands like cornmeal in a couple of years. Happy day. I like dry-loving flowers like daylilies and coneflowers and moss roses. They thrive in this stuff. All this before noon -- where did the energy come from! The long-awaited rains started and I did a happy dance in the rain... until the lightning started and tree limbs started coming down. Then I ran for the house and happy danced on the porch with the old lady Malamute staring at me like I was nuts.
Which I am. Happiness is a new flower bed and dirt under the fingernails!