Asked on Feb 11, 2012
I have the WORST soil. Other than what I've listed below.. tips?!
The original owners of my home created a beautiful back corner garden, with raised beds and all. I'm assuming this was a long time ago though, because nothing, and I mean NOTHING grows in this dirt. When I purchased the home, the previous (second) owners of the house had turned this into a FIRE PIT! And not one of the cute metal ones like we have on our deck... more like a big dirt hole that they burnt stuff in! :( As a result, the soil is just trash. I spent my first year, last year, trying to add fertilizer, had a ton of rich black soil shipped in, and tried my hardest to grow a garden. Nothing really happened. SO. This year, I have a compost bin, I'm collecting every kitchen scrap, egg shell, leafs, clippings, newspaper, that I can find to compost like crazy. We had the soil tested, and it came back as balanced across all nutrients.. but lacking in all. The soil appears to be extremely sandy, so we've been adding in black soil from a local company and some turkey manure. I am desperate for advice and will try anything!! SOS :)