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Old 06-12-2011, 12:39 PM
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lumpy soil


I recently made a very small garden bed (about 4'x3') in my from yard. I dug out a lot of the soil to replace it with good soil. I used top soil and manure compost. I have not yet mulched it. The top of the soil is very lumpy, cant figure out why.
I was wondering if it could have something to do with the manure?
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:10 PM
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Does the soil just need to be worked more to break up the lumps?
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:58 PM
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I wouldnt think so. I hoed it for an awful long time. I even worked it by hand. It will look nice when ever I hoe it, but then when it rains or I water it, it goes lumpy.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:04 PM
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You may need to add some sand to the mix. It sounds as if you have too much organics or maybe even clay from the top soil.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:48 PM
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That was my first thought! Just wanted to see if anyone else thought that. I think I will have to give it a shot. Any idea what kind of sand I should use?
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:37 PM
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I would go with builders sand available at most home centers i.e. home depot, lowes etc. It needs to be a coarse sand. Stay away from the "play" sands used in childerens sand boxes. This type of sand is too fine and will cause the soil to not drain properly. I've never had to buy any since I live in "sandy" Florida lol. For such a small area you could also substitute perlite in place of sand. Just add whichever you choose slowly until the soil can be truned without clumping.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:09 PM
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Thank you so much! It has been driving me nuts! I will have to get to home depot tomorrow and get that sand! I will have to record it in my garden journal too. It was pretty much my first garden that I dug myself, it is great knowing that I dont have to tear it all apart!
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by gianta80 View Post:
It was pretty much my first garden that I dug myself
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:22 PM
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LOL yep, I read it! How cute!
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