The growing medium for plants, primarily consisting of rock fragments, organic material, water, and organisms.

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How to prepare a soil that is compacted and has a lot of rocks

I have a 1 acre area of soil in Upstate NY, The soil has been disturbed from construction, and its full of rocks. How do i clean them and prepare them to grow a lawn/grass.
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What trace elements are in coffee when it breaks down?

I've heard that there's a lot of trace elements in coffee when it breaks down. What trace elements are in the soil that coffee breaks down to?
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Dyed circulars and cardboard, for weed barriers under mulch

[Box bottom listing dyes] I have always saved and used layered newspapers (without the dyed circulars) as a weed barrier, under the mulch in my gardens. When I am done, the papers are not visible. ...
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How can I encourage my indoor vermicomposting bin to produce more dirt?

I have an indoor vermicomposting bin. It has served me well for 3 years. Since the bin is indoors, and I live in a small apartment, I'm fairly cautious with feeing the worms. I don't want to overwhelm ...
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Covering soil of Ponytail Palm

I recently acquired a ponytail palm, which is alive, though it wasn't taken care of well prior to my acquisition. One thing I noticed is that the pot was covered in rocks, that appear to be fused ...
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Help me decide in a location for my raised bed garden

I'm building a 6x3 raised bed in my brooklyn ny backyard however, i wanted to know if i set it up at the left side it would be half under a mulberry/blackberry tree and the right side it would be in ...
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What mixture of liquid soap to water should I use for soil with high silicon content?

I want to use my Miracle-Gro spray attachment for spraying a soap solution on my lawn and plants since I have very high silicon in my soil. we used Naiad wetting agents on the golf course where I ...
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Approximately how rich is the soil that's permanent-black dirt?

Unless you've dug around in a swamp you probably haven't seen the dirt that's permanently black (or the dirt that's built up over 1000s of years from decomposing plants), so I was wondering how rich ...
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Which soil should be used with Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, Stockton variety?

The question Is this soil appropriate to plant this succulent baby? is relevant to some unknown Aloe but this question is specifically related Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, Stockton variety that has ...
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What is the proper way to “bucket water” loose soil?

Part of my garden has some soil that sits above some brick work. What's the proper way to "bucket water" my soil in this part of the garden, so that it doesn't wash away?
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Are there any benefits from leaving dead leaves in the soil around a plant?

Do the dying/dead leaves that fall off young plants provide any nutrients or any benefit to the existing plant, if left in the soil around the plant?
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Leaves on my Cherry Blossom Tree are Wilting

While I was in Japan a few weeks ago I picked up a small cherry blossom sapling to bring home (I believe it's a Yoshino cherry blossom). My girlfriend's grandfather who we were staying with on his ...
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What kind of mushroom is this and should I get rid of it?

We got a lot of rain in Austin over the last few days and now there are mushrooms popping up all over my vegetable garden. The garden bed is raised and only about two weeks old. I'm worried the ...
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How much soil is needed for turf to survive?

Our garden currently has a small gravel border all the way around. When removed it leaves a few inches before it reaches the foundations for the wall. If we were to turf the lawn, after filling the ...
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How to keep soil a rich black colour

We've just put all new soil in our flower bed and due to it being slightly moist it was a lovely deep rich black colour. Is it possible to keep it that black colour even when dry?
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How often should I loosen soil?

I was about this ask this question in a comment from a different question of mine, but I thought it deserved its own question since it may help a fellow novice gardener. How often should I loosen the ...
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For how much area should I amend the soil for a given plant?

My question is not about depth, but area. For a given individual plant, do I amend the soil for an area the size of its seed spacing recommendation (12 in., etc.)? Or is less required? I am a ...
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What's the best way to remove grass/topsoil to prepare for grading?

I want to remove about 250 square feet of grass/topsoil and then lightly grade for drainage below a future deck. Should I: Man up with a spade & a rake? Rent a sod cutter & go deep? Use ...
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Filling low spot in yard

I have a low spot in my yard that I want to fill in. It is an 8' diameter spot that is about 4"- 6" lower than the surrounding grass. The grass in this spot it mostly dead from this being a small ...
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What is the name of the French pioneer of organic/sustainable farming?

I can't remember his name. I think he was active in the 50's to 70's. His techniques involved creating berms of fallen branches and twigs, and later incorporating the decayed matter into his soils. ...
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Do I need to mix rice husk and clay soil?

Someone gave me 1 sack of rice husk and multiple sacks of clay soil. I've been thinking if just planting in a pure clay soil is enough or do I really need to mix it to rice husk? If I need to mix ...
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Can I use 3 year-old bagged topsoil for a new garden?

I have 10 loosely tied bags of topsoil from a nursery that have been sitting outdoors for 2-3 years. I read an answer to a similar question, but I have some follow up questions. The soil smells ...
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What type of dirt to use for filling the backyard before preparing the vegetable beds?

The backyard of my house has a small slope and because of that little puddles of rain water are accumulating. Because of this, the mulch in the nearby vegetable beds are wet all the time. I want to ...
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I have a lot of green, How can I use it as fertilizer?

In my country I don't have fertilizer products, I know that I can get Nitrogen from any green. I already knew that I can soak them in water to make liquid fertilizer, but what if I want to make slow ...
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Is this soil appropriate to plant this succulent baby?

I was browsing among the succulents section of this department store, and I found this offspring plant fallen apart on the floor! I took it to plant it since it was going to die there. The plants in ...
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What's a nitrogen-fixing ground-cover that grows on very little rainfall?

Here in the desert southwest (Northern New Mexico, zone 7B, heavy clay soil, 7 inches of annual rainfall), clover doesn't seem to grow well due to lack of enough moisture. What's an alternative that ...
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How can i find what my soil pH is and how does it affect the plants?

I am pretty new to gardening(~6 months); I have a small terrace space with lots of potted plants (lemon, hibiscus, some herbs etc.). I get soil(along with vermicompost) from various nursery suppliers ...
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Soil for terrace garden

How can I ascertain quality of soil I buy from local nurseries? I live in Kolkata, India.
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Is my calculation of 1x Cubic meter of Top Soil correct?

I have a 366cm * 366cm round above-ground plastic pool - but the yard runs at a downhill slope. I want to lay down soil (the grass must grow back when we remove the soil) so as to level the 366cm * ...
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What soil mixture should I use for my Schefflera?

I'm on here again, asking more questions about my office's Schefflera that I'm in charge of. You can find pictures and a previous question here: Whats the next step to improving my schefflera? I ...
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What potting mixes do you use?

I am new to gardening and I would like to know what ingredients and measurements do you use in your potting mix for three different types of plants: Plants that require plenty of water. Plants ...
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Soil Depth for Bougainvillea

I am an architect working on a project in Malibu, California. This is new construction of a single-family residence. The house features a green roof and the client is convinced that it must be planted ...
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How do I prepare rocky soil for planting an avocado tree?

I would like to plant some avocado trees in my garden. The soil seems very stony (<3cm in diameter stones on average, but a couple of bigger ones) and they go down at least 30 cm. Do I need to do ...
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Are there plants that add acid to soil naturally?

I'm curious if there are any plants that might add acid to their soil so that they might work well in a permaculture setting, you might be able to plant X, Y or Z near a blueberry bush to eliminate ...
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What Should I Do With My Soil?

Location: Palm Beach, FL - zone 10A My garden was infested with weevils and some other kind of fungi. I sprayed it with Monterey Garden Insect spray a week ago. This week, I noticed that my plants ...
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How does one build a bluestone paver patio with grass between the stones?

The plan is to use 2'x2' bluestone pavers with up to 3" of space between the stones. This would be placed on a base of 6" of bluestone dust (as this has been more effective than natural ...
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How can I use rockwool for indoor gardening?

So, I decided to do research on using rock-wool for my indoor panting needs, rather than the potting soil I obtain from the local stores here. Reasons are 1. I have some rock-wool leftover after ...
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Deep watering: How much water are we talking?

How long and often must a lawn be watered to promote deep root growth throughout the warmer months? I live in South East Queensland and the summer temperatures range between 25-35 degrees Celsius. The ...
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How can I convert a mulched bed to dirt, and should I?

We have several flower beds that are mulched. The problem with mulch is that if you buy it every year, it's quite expensive ($300-$500/year for us). And if you don't buy it every year, you get a lot ...
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Aerating with a garden fork: is it making the problem worse?

I would like to aerate my lawn but do not poses a lawn aerator. Would spiking the lawn with a garden fork be sufficient in aerating the soil or is it simply going to further compact the soil around ...
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Does soil need to be acidic for carnivorous plaints (droserae)

I'm still trying to grow carnivorous plants, and with reasonable success. Recommended: Peat / sphagnum moss Now generally, these plants grow in "wet, boggy, acidic soils" as every source will tell ...
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Do different varieties of a given crop require different types of soil?

For example, corn has a lot of varieties, namely varieties A-Z. Is it possible that corn variety A requires a different soil type to grow in than corn variety B? Or is it that this sort of thing is ...
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Stems are kept in moist environment but soil insects keep growing in there

So, I am trying to grow some plants such as rose, and jasmine from stem but I keep running into the insects-in-the-soil problem. As you see in the picture, the plants grow some and then eventually ...
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How deep should the soil be above a new retaining wall to allow shrubs to grow?

We have recently needed to build a retaining wall to prevent the garden sloping off into our neighbor's garden at the rear. We had to back-fill the gap created in building the wall with rubble and ...
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How can you analyze if a land has good soil?

I have a feeling that my question is not a good question, but don't know how else to formulate it. I'm an engineer by profession, but I did spend a full season working in an organic farm. I'm ...
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Measuring soil and compost for NPK

Folks, I'm trying to measure soil and compost for use in home gardening of vegetables and herbs. My goal is to use compost primarily, and augment it as necessary. The compost is mostly vermicompost, ...
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How can I move large amounts of soil without a wheelbarrow?

We source compost/soil/mulch etc. in two forms: bulk and bagged. We typically use bagged when there is limited access to the areas to which we need to apply materials. I would love an efficient ...
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For a new lawn, are mixed soils worth it?

I'm redoing my lawn because it was extremely unlevel. I've already flattened the whole thing, scraped out all the old grass, and now I'm ready for top soil. After calling a few local places, I've ...
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Breaking up soil in a bed which grew strawberries

A bed of strawberries has been harvested and the bushes have been cut back to ground level. I'm thinking about breaking up approx. the top 10-15 cm of soil (with a spade), because it's very dry and ...
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equisetum and soil pH

To make my garden soil less acidic, I have sprayed a 1 percent aqueous solution of dolomite to control the spread of horsetail. Will this measure help me achieve the desired result?