Soil and Compost forum: Topsoil / Compost Blend Question

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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 22, 2017 8:06 PM CST
My husband, a landscaper, came home with half a wheelbarrow of a 50/50 blend. I'd say once he finished his job for the customer, we ended up with a higher percent of the top soil, but it's still a blend. Our area has clay soil, so the top soil is definitely clay-like. I'd like to raise my small garden bed in the spring (once my fall/winter stuff finishes). Can I mix compost with this to add to the garden for this purpose? Right now the bed is one large rectangle, two landscape timbers high, but I'd like to split it into two skinny and long rectanglular raised beds with an area to walk in between.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Sep 24, 2017 3:28 PM CST
I do not see why not.
You have nothing to lose and knowledge to gain about your soil.
Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
josebaca
Sep 28, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Ma'am;
Compost is like what some people say about money: " you can never have too much " Smiling , and with clay soil that 's exceedingly true.
Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Oct 1, 2017 8:34 AM CST
We still have work to do on our clay soil in general, and I’ve let it slip the last few years.

I miss my compost bins!
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Oct 1, 2017 8:49 AM CST
Have you looked into spot composting? Digging a hole in the soil and depositing fruit/veg scraps, recovering with soil and let it sit over the winter? Has helped here. Mulching with shredded leaves helps as well - but don't dig those in.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Oct 2, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Shadegardener said:Have you looked into spot composting? Digging a hole in the soil and depositing fruit/veg scraps, recovering with soil and let it sit over the winter? Has helped here. Mulching with shredded leaves helps as well - but don't dig those in.


It’s funny you should say that. I have a nutribullet that I use for smoothies. I’ve been taking the day’s fruits, vegetables, egg shells, and coffee grounds and blending them with a bit of water. Then I dig a hole and dump the slop. Two days later, there’s no sign of the slop.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Oct 3, 2017 6:55 AM CST
Dawn - it's a great way to feed your soil and attract earthworms. Mulching with shredded leaves helps even more. I would suggest removing season-end plants like tomatoes from your garden before mulching for fall to reduce the possibility of disease for next season.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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