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One of the main things you need when staring a new garden is good soil. Most people think dirt is just dirt, but an experienced gardener knows that good dirt is essential to a healthy garden. Good dirt is the true black gold!

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Sometimes the land you are planting on might have some good rich soil, but the area I’m starting my little shade garden is pretty dry and sandy. That means I'm going to need to add a good base of healthy soil.

My favorite type of soil is compost. When people find out what compost is for the first time, they’re usually a little grossed out. That's because compost is what some people might consider rotting garbage.


Well, it may seem that way, but that’s not exactly correct. Compost is a mix of brown matter, such as leaves you rake up, or grass clippings, and green matter, like carrot tops, garlic peels, apple cores and the skin of onions. Any sort of vegetable matter can be composted. Even things that don't resemble their original plant anymore, like coffee grounds and tealeaves.

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Some of the sweet dirt from our compost pile!


We have a compost bin in our yard where we throw in all of our veggie scraps. As the pile begins to break down, it heats up. The heat is good, it means your pile is “cooking” and turning into dirt. I like to turn the pile with a pitchfork every few days to get more oxygen into the pile, and to mix it up. It's just a matter of weeks before the vegetable matter breaks down into dark, healthy soil.


Another great soil type I like to use is manure. For those of you who thought compost was gross you might not want to know what manure is. It’s poop! It is usually cow poop, but other animal poop works well too (like goats, or even bunnies). Animal poop is full of nutrients that plants need. Have you ever seen how green the grass is at Moo-Cow’s pasture? Well that’s thanks
to his natural fertilizing abilities!

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Here is the shade garden area filled with dark rich compost. Doesn't it look nice?

See you next time when we will give some shade loving plants a new home in this great soil.


Ramses's picture

EWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you telling me Moo-Cow's pasture is covered in poop?! Man, that is the last time I'm going over there. I thought those were lawn ornaments!

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