Soil From The Woods? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by holycrosskid
August 10, 2010
I want to mix some organic matter into my gardens, but I don't really feel like going out and buying loads of compost. However I do live near the woods and that soil seems very rich and healthy. Can I use it?

Answer from NGA
August 10, 2010
Soil from the woods is usually rich with decaying organic matter and there's no reason you can't mix it with your garden soil and end up with rich, loose, well draining soils. The only difference between pre-packaged compost and forest floor duff is that there will be a population of insects in the soil but not in the packaged compost. Generally this does not pose a problem in gardens but it's something to keep in mind. Best wishes with your garden!

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