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Old 04-25-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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I have not had great success in previous years in growing flowers in my gardens. The soil is hard and if I dig a hole and
put in new soil and a growth additive (Miracle grow etc.)for each plant I have not had great success. I would like to buy new soil for all my gardens. I would need soil for 400 sq. feet of gardens.
How many cubic feet of soil should I buy? What type of soil should I ask
for? Can you recommend a reasonable priced place to buy the earth in
Thornhill or GTA.
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:36 AM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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I think you need to amend the soil with some compost. when using the miracle grow etc after a time the soil gets hard on the top and gets sort of dry looking

You could amend it with some grass clippings, dried pine needles, leaf mulch, dried manure and dig and stir this all in to your existing dirt. ( I know its alot of work )

If you are going to buy new soil, use other methods for fertilizers as the miracle grow and others will form the crust and hardness again

Don't know about the cubic feet tho
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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I too was going to say compost.

some folks even bury their kitchen scraps right into the ground. that and coffee grounds.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:45 AM
 
Location: St Augustine
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You can buy compost (cow manure) in a 40lb bag from HD for under $1.50/bag. I would buy that and some peat moss (be careful the bag is suctioned so there is a lot more in there that you realize) and add that to the garden each time you plant something new. Mix it together with the soil.

Dh did a "butterfly garden" for the kids (ok, me) and it is 10'x20' on a slope 2" -14" high. Took 80 bags of soil/compost + 2 bales peat moss.

I thought about getting bulldozer "scoops" of compost from a local co, but that would have been alot of shoveling. They sell by the cubic yard (9 sq feet)Hubby just dumped bags where i needed them and I cut them. Price wasn't that different so i went with bags (1 cu. foot)

400 sq' garden - if you want 2" depth you'll need about 66 bags (400 * 1/6)

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