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joy15-Dec-09 01:43 PM EST 8   
24-Dec-09 08:08 PM EST 6   
Monica Dunn07-Jan-10 05:23 PM EST 3   
Daniel06-May-10 08:24 PM EST 5a   


Subject: soil building
From: joy
Zone: 8
Date: 15-Dec-09 01:43 PM EST

Any tips for building healthy soil on a glacial till, North sloping land? Soil is acidic and needs organic matter. Goal is to grow healthy vegetables and fruit.


Subject: RE: soil building
From:
Zone: 6
Date: 24-Dec-09 08:08 PM EST

COMPOST IS THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SOIL. i GATHER EXTRA LEAVES IN THE FALL FROM THE STREET AND MAKE A HUGE PILE AND BY AUGUST IT IS READY TO PUT IN THE GARDEN


Subject: RE: soil building
From: Monica Dunn (monica33@telus.net)
Zone: 3
Date: 07-Jan-10 05:23 PM EST

You can also collect grass clippings from your neighbors who have no dog yards. I use this to mulch my rows and beds after the soil warms in the spring. It also composts in place and I just add more several times a year as needed. The rest goes into the compost pile for bedding plants.


Subject: RE: soil building
From: Daniel
Zone: 5a
Date: 06-May-10 08:24 PM EST

Start with a thorough soil test.

Organic matter is always a good plus. Look at a green manure suitable for your region too.

I like a green mulch to build the bacterial soil organisms. This year I planted half my home plot in rye to use as a mulch; a good allelopathic treatment to control weeds while the plants grow.

Build a compost or find a source of cured compost. The leaves are agood fall addition.


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