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Old 03-09-2021, 07:21 PM
 
Location: PNW, CPSouth, JacksonHole, Southampton
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Just weeded (overrun with tall grass) my 10 by 20 foot garden plot at the local community center...wow am I going to be sore!

Starting a bunch of tomatoes up from seed now (sprouting well) and will probably just plant those soon...unfortunately, the soil is dry, hard, sandy, and looks poor...needs some type of amendments.

What is a good cost effective way to improve the soil to get a better crop? I'm thinking, I'll just go to Home Depot and get some bags of something to mix in the rows where I plant the plants? Your input is much appreciated!

Those weeds would have been a good start. Just bury them near the surface. Eggshells, coffee grounds, banana peels... all sorts of things can be buried in your soil. They'll decompose pretty fast. If you know somebody with a lawn, then grass clippings and shredded leaves are great. Just running over the leaves with a mower, will shred them.
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Old 03-10-2021, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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coffee grounds , banana peels , egg shells , epsom salts . all of these can improve your soil .
They might, but these things take a long time to break down, so unless they were added last fall, they probably won’t help much now.

A soil test here costs $8. from the extension service. For that, OP would get a report telling him exactly what to add to the soil for vegetables.
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Old 03-15-2021, 08:49 AM
 
Location: PNW, CPSouth, JacksonHole, Southampton
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да..... а если еще это сложить в кучу и накрыть черной пленкой, то через год как раз и будет отличный компост.....

Your method is even better. However, the Original Poster is working within a TINY, shared, intensively-cultivated area - too tiny, probably, for a compost corner. I like the idea, though, of using a black covering for the materials to be composted. That should speed decomposition quite a lot, even in cold weather. We may try that in Wyoming.



Tvet is such a beautiful place! Gardening there, must be a great pleasure.
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Old Yesterday, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Russia
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Just weeded (overrun with tall grass) my 10 by 20 foot garden plot at the local community center...wow am I going to be sore!


Starting a bunch of tomatoes up from seed now (sprouting well) and will probably just plant those soon...unfortunately, the soil is dry, hard, sandy, and looks poor...needs some type of amendments.


What is a good cost effective way to improve the soil to get a better crop? I'm thinking, I'll just go to Home Depot and get some bags of something to mix in the rows where I plant the plants? Your input is much appreciated!
The best fertilizer is cow manure.
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