The Q&A Archives: New garden on shale soils.

Question: I'm starting a new flower/shrub garden - the yard seems to have shallow shale throughout (central PA). Grass is currently growing in the area I want to put the garden. There seems to be about 3-5 inches of soil before we hit some kind of shale or fragipan layer. Do I need to add soil? Is there a type of mulch that is better than others (I'd prefer "organic" mulch that doesn't contain chemicals


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