As I’m planning for my garden expansion and calling around, emailing, googling and trying to get my hands on all of my available options for wood and soil, I’ve come up with the following dirt scenario.
I don’t have a good straight up option for compost, at least none that I’ve found yet. I still have a few calls to make on this one, but it’s not looking good. Of course I do have about a batch and a half of my own compost, which I will definitely be utilizing, but that won’t be nearly enough. If I go the straight compost route I would be looking at almost $70 a cubic yard buying bags of compost from Home Depot. Ouch. To amend the current garden and expand I’m looking at 6 cubic yards. That’s $420 on dirt. Nope. That’s not going to work.
There is a landscaping center called Pioneer that carries a sandy loam, which according to their website is:
33% screened fill dirt, 33% mulch, 33% manure. Sandy Loam is A great medium for vegetable gardens and other applications that utilize the warmth and micro nutrients of manure.
This is actually what I used when I first started gardening several years ago and it worked pretty well with a regular amendment of compost every season. I can get this for about $32 a cubic yard. Less than half the price… sounds pretty good.
So that’s where I plan to start. I’ll amend the big pile with my own compost, several bags of well aged manure, some coconut coir, and Azomite to add extra nitrogen, organic matter, and trace minerals to the mix.
That’s my plan. Any suggestions?