Now I don't know about the part of the country in which you garden, but up here what passes for soil is primarily rocks and a little dirt (little being the operative word). The dirt that you can find is either heavy, red clay or what the locals refer to as "rotten rock" . . . a label which does not conjure up visions of nutrient-rich, loamy stuff conducive to growing carrots . . . or much of anything else.
Last fall, hubby and I located a great, huge pile of lovely, wonderful, rich black dirt. I told him, "I want that! I want a LOT of that!"
So early this spring, we looked into getting some of it transported into our yard. We talked with our good neighbor (who has the heavy equipment business) about hauling it for us. It happens he and his wife have been wanting to get into gardening and have been developing a small plot behind their house. Hauling some of the soil for us would be no problem, D said, plus he'd be interested in getting some of it for their garden area. A win-win situation.
We had to wait for the huge pile of black dirt to thaw. This required a bit of patience since our cold winter weather lasted so long into spring this year. But finally everything was in place and our dirt was scheduled to arrive.
This morning shortly before 8 a.m., we heard the rumble of one of D's dump trucks.
Oh, oh, oh! Here it comes! I was so excited!
Oh, my. Will you look at that beautiful stuff.
A big bunch of that beautiful stuff! (Suddenly, the soil we've built up in our pumpkin patch doesn't look so great, does it, Lisa?)
Five cubic yards of rich, black soil. We got busy and wheelbarrowed it into all of the raised beds we replaced last year that ended up a little short on dirt.
Since the black dirt came from a swampy area, it was most likely on the acidic side so we spread wood ashes over the added dirt in the beds to add some alkalinity. I'll till everything in before planting each bed.
There's still a lot of dirt left in the pile, but you can be sure I'll use every last bit of it . . . and be pickled tink to have it!!
the quotidian (11.20.17)
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