Many people will agree having good soil helps you to have a great garden.
After I returned home from city living I took up gardening again. This was my grandfather property before we moved here and I was not used to the soil - rock and clay! Clay soil is full of nutrients once you break it up enough to be able to plant successfully in it. But I had my work cut out to get this soil where I wanted it.
I did not have a plow, rototiller and did not know about no till gardening methods so tehe first year was interesting and a lot of work. I also did not have animals so I had to buy compost. I really do not like buying compost or soil but it was what it was that year.
Since then, I have added animals of all sorts to the property and compost is not an issue. My soil has vastly improved and I have switched to no dig gardening. If I have to dig a bit, it's just enough to loosen soil.
One of the most important things I do now, is grow soil each year. I make a conscious effort to make as much as I can. I use it around the property, use it for new gardens and to replenish any old garden and make a stock pile for unexpected uses and to help my family and friends out.
I will be starting greenhouse gardening where I make my own soil mixes and making new pallet gardens so I will be cranking in to high gear to add to my stash, With new pallet gardens I will be making enough soil to fill about 15 new beds. (I keep my beds shorter in a pallet garden and use an intensive garden method.
An added bonus to all the rocks on the property: I graveled the driveway and made 12 terraced garden beds. I also sold some rock to add to my tree and seed spending stash.
Feb 1st is my first day and soil making for this year.
Who else grows soil?
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