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Comments On - Building Super Soil


Most states have Extension Service offices. Find yours and call to see if they have Master Gardener soil testing. They are very reasonable and full of information.
Janice, Oakland, OR
Posted: 1/10/2014 9:50:27 AM
I am trying to find a way to determine soil acidity without sending samples away evertime. Unfortunately I've read that quite a few of those self testing kits are unreliable.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 6/16/2013 7:05:08 PM
I do no till lasagna gardening.....layers of compost, cardboard and hay/straw. Great for the worms, too!
Miz Annie, Holden, MA
Posted: 2/19/2013 5:24:33 AM
I mostly use container gardening so the soil makeup is printed on the bags.
Richard, Meriden, CT
Posted: 2/18/2013 12:47:46 PM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 2/17/2013 6:50:00 AM
nice
i, i, ID
Posted: 2/14/2013 11:58:08 PM
Helpful information
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 1/6/2013 8:30:51 AM
Nice soil is great.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 8/29/2012 11:55:58 PM
good tips! Thanks!
Chuck, Reno, NV
Posted: 11/25/2011 6:35:14 PM
When I built my raised beds, I purchased a dump truck load of good soil, and have amended the soil for each area's crops.
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 8/26/2011 7:26:38 PM
Soil is key to raising anything except in an aquaponic or hydroponic situation. My personal philosophy is that you can't have too much organic stuff in it, you can't have too many worms in it, and you should replenish trace elements by adding rock dust each season.

Growing here in the desert is particularly hard with a hard, rocky, alkaline soil. But by sifting, amending, composting and composting again, you can make pretty decent stuff that will support your plants relatively pest and disease free in just a few short seasons.

Remember, the health of the soil determines the health of the plant.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 8/10/2011 10:08:02 AM
ditto
o, o, OH
Posted: 6/19/2011 11:57:57 PM
I clicked on the poll and ended up here!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 6/14/2011 7:28:59 PM
Hello Urban Farm,
I was wondering if you could possibly comment on the technique called "sheet mulching" in which cardboard is used to kill grass and enrich depleted soil.

Thanks much,
Minks Lodge Farm
Chenoa, Pocatello, ID
Posted: 5/31/2011 6:46:26 AM
We have some great soil right now. Chicken poop that has aged for a couple of decades. Can't get more perfect than that!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 3/14/2011 11:51:24 PM
I get cow manure from a local farmer. I let it set for a year and when it is crumbly fine I spread it about an inch or so deep all over the garden.
Jerry, La Grange, MO
Posted: 3/9/2011 11:42:23 AM
I have pretty good soil but there is always room to improve. Compost is awesome
Missy, Hollidaysburg, PA
Posted: 3/7/2011 6:50:26 PM
I have got several projects going on right on in an effort to build good soil! I have a worm bin, a compost tumbler, and add our guinea pig's pellets and pelleted paper litter to our compost. My Georgia clay is horrible, so hopefully in time I will have raised beds with great, rich soil!
Jada, Grayson, GA
Posted: 12/29/2010 8:34:57 AM
great article I am actually thinking of starting a worm bin it is just so practicle
Kristin, upper sandusky, OH
Posted: 12/9/2010 4:42:05 PM
We have wonderful clay here.
Bill, Newburgh, IN
Posted: 11/19/2010 6:17:19 AM
Our native soil here in the desert southwest is horrible. It is practically devoid of organic matter. With that being said, it only takes a couple of years of dedicated effort to turn it into wonderful, mineral- and nutrient-rich soil. If we can do it here, it can be done anywhere.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 10/21/2010 6:02:11 AM
I've been trying to vermipost but I'm not doing a very good job at it. The worms creep me out and I try really hard to be brave, but the just bother me. I guess I'll go back to composting.
Jeri, St. Louis, MO
Posted: 10/6/2010 1:31:50 PM
I agree that there is nothing more important that the care of the soil. Urban growing is difficult because of the building contractors that scrape off top soil and cover construction debris with dirt. I've found many chunks of debris from years ago while landscaping my backyard. I have raised beds for gardening to overcome the tired soil in my backyard.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 7/21/2010 9:33:39 AM
I recently watched the movie, "Dirt" and loved it. I understood the importance of our soil before, but not to the extent I feel I do now. In the grand scheme of things, soil is extremely important for survival!
Lisa Anne, Cleveland, OH
Posted: 5/20/2010 11:40:52 AM
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