Soil

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Get Nature’s Free Plow – Worms!

Worms are nature's free plow and a free soil test.  If you don't have them, you absolutely need them in your soil.  They add moisture and air to the soil as well as nutrients from their "castings" (a nice way of saying poop).  Worms burrow which makes it easier for roots to grow; they break down leaf matter and other organic trash and turn it into soil.  Water filtration is improved and soil ph is normalized.  Worms are virtual miracles…

Soil Amendments

"Amend" means changing something.  Here in the South, our soil needs serious change.  In the Midlands of SC, our soil is either clay or sand.  Both present unique challenges, but both have the same solution:  Amend, amend, amend.  Compost is the answer. THE CHALLENGE If you have sand, your clear challenge is that it drains so rapidly.  It's just hard to keep things watered.  It is, for sure, "well-drained" that is so often required by plants, but it can't hold…

I’m talking dirty…

I know, Clemson has fits when I refer to "soil" as "dirt".  "Soil" being a growth medium for plants; "dirt" being something less than clean.  Well, my soil is less than clean.  It deceives me, it does not do what I expect it to do, it disappoints me, and it lies to me.  That is just dirty. I have clay soil; not red clay which is common to my geographic location, but grey clay - kaolin.  Yes, kaolin is that…