Taking stock of garden soil

Sep 17, 2012 Full story: North County Public Radio

You've planned, planted, watered and weeded. Now, with frost and freeze warnings this past weekend, it's about time to tuck the garden in for the winter.

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rock

Albany, NY

#1 Sep 17, 2012
What is this???? Something useful and productive in the Topix forum???
Sand

New York, NY

#2 Sep 17, 2012
Yeah... don't forget ash and glass. Or whatever else those- who- have- come- before- you have buried there, because they were too lazy or ignorant to recycle or otherwise dispose of it properly.

Maybe they were just hoping junk trees would eventually grow.

I'd suggest excavating, disposing of the toxic waste appropriately, and replacing it with actual soil. Especially if you plan on ingesting whatever you plan to grow.
rock

Albany, NY

#3 Sep 17, 2012
I think you forgot to take your medicine.
Anonymous

Bhubaneswar, India

#5 Sep 23, 2012
Hello Members,

Most parts of the RHS gardens get little or no regular fertiliser; the emphasis is on organic materials. Composting is a core part of soil husbandry: Aiming for a closed loop where just about everything we take out of the soil finds its way back in.

Plants drink their food. If your soil dries out, your plants will starve—or wilt. Take these steps to keep your garden moist and water wisely. Rainwater sluices through pure sand at the rate of 20 inches per hour or even faster, taking with it everything plants need to survive. Soil with lots of organic matter slows the transition of water from the soil to the subsoil, giving plants a chance to take in what they need. To help retain moisture, mix lots of peat moss and compost into the soil at planting time.

Thanks and Regards,
Michael Wilson
ttp://www.storageshedsoutlet.c om/
Sand

New York, NY

#6 Sep 24, 2012
Water hasn't been a really big problem around here.

And there's certainly enough bullshit to go around.

And I don't know about anybody else, but my pepper plants are still pushing out flowers. Amazing... peppers that won't quit, here. It's been a very unusual season in the north country this year.

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