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What is the Best Source of Topsoil

Author Ellen Vande Visse What’s the best source of topsoil? Oboy…I’ll answer this FAQ as best I can. First of all, what is the truckload of topsoil for? Lawn? Landscaping? Truckloads are appropriate for large areas. Garden? The smaller area means you can either: – Order a commercial load, or – Haul, place, and mix your own on site. If you are really ambitious, you can build your own soil over 2-4 years –even on gravel. You would deploy permaculture, hugelkultur, and regenerative agriculture strategies to create a very fertile area. It’s very satisfying to put nature to work for you. (And I would love to help & advise for fast results.) What differences are there in topsoil products? If …

Sources of Compost and Topsoil in Matsu

Author Ellen Vande Visse Sources of Compost & Topsoil in Mat-Su Susitna Organics http://www.susitnaorganics.com Randy Southrada 907-841-9426, near Houston on Hawk Lane (new owner, coached by founder Mark Fisher) Products: Compost and Compost/soil blend. Compost in bags or order a bulk load. You can also order soil-compost mixes. Bags—Where Sold: in most garden stores, also available from Alaska Sea-Ag on Marsh Rd, Palmer. For 2018, find retail sales at Ken’s Garden Supply, located on Blue Lupine just south of Seward Meridian on the frontage road just East of the parks highway, Wasilla, 9:30-5:30 M-S, starting May 4 2018. Closed Memorial Day. Bulk loads: call about pick up or delivery. randy@susitnaorganics.com Alys Culhane Products: Finished compost for sale. Also free horse …

Composting in Winter

Author Ellen Vande Visse Composting in Winter and Worm Bins: Some Tricks for Success Outdoor Compost Pile Winter is the time to just stockpile your kitchen wastes in a pile outside and let them freeze. There is a trick, though, to prevent the garbage from melting into a congealed and smelly mass in the spring. Each and every time you make garbage deposit, simply toss some hay, straw, or leaves on top. You’ll love the aerated and absorbent effect after spring thaw. This makes your stockpile pre-layered and easier to work up into a formal working heap. Got a worm bin? Freeze that food waste for 3 days at 100F before feeding it to your worms. You’ll prevent fruit fly …

Composting With Leaves

Author Ellen Vande Visse Composting with Leaves Leaves are chock-full of nutrients! These are examples of the “gold mine” you’ll have with normal growing conditions. Of course, the amounts vary with the kind of tree and its conditions, but the minerals are packed in those leaves. boron calcium chloride copper iron magnesium manganese nitrogen phosphorus potassium sodium zinc These are perfect for replenishing the soil. It’s a terrible waste to haul them off to the landfill. Take advantage of nature’s vast supply of rich nutrients. So how do you go green in the autumn? Here are the most effective ways to reuse and recycle leaf and leaf-grass mixtures: 1. Mow your leaves Presto! Leaves disappear into tiny bits. Let them …

Composting Turns Garbage Into Gold

Author Ellen Vande Visse Composting Turns Garbage into Gold Here are the simple steps It may take nature decades or centuries to make humus that is crucial for a productive field or forest. You can produce fertile humus in 2 months by composting. Compost is both the ultimate fertilizer and the ultimate in recycling. You can buy compost, or make it yourself. Compost benefits everything you grow, and saves you the expense of buying chemical fertilizers. Composting is like making bread. It’s creative and satisfying. Simply pile your leaves, grass clippings, weeds, vegetable scraps, eggshells, livestock manure, straw, and other once- living waste. As you build up this heap, water it well. Then stand back! The Transformers swing into action. …

How To Compost

Author Ellen Vande Visse HOW TO COMPOST – Make Black Gold in 6 – 8 Weeks – A Successful Hot Composting Method & Alternatives THE GOAL is to optimize the conditions for the workers (the microorganisms) to decompose and transform organic waste into rich finished compost in 6-8 weeks, using the hot compost method.                                                                                            SELECT A SITE: Locate your pile near a water source and your garden, and away from neighbors.  Consider wind direction and …