This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

compacted soil

I tried to turn the soil in the area I marked out for my new garden, but its very dense and compacted. I couldn't get the shovel in, much let turn the entire area I was thinking of. So --- change of plan: I will wait for spring and then construct raised beds and bring in new soil. That will give me the entire winter to plan.

I have a great new (old actually) book I am reading: Bob Thompson's , The New Victory Garden. The photos of his garden and its rich soil are amazing! To me a garden book should be about photos of dirt...


Blogger Lynda said...

You are so's all about the soil. When we travel I'm always grabbing a handful of the local dirt, smelling it, and squeezing it...

November 17, 2013 12:12 AM

Blogger Karen Anne said...


November 17, 2013 10:42 AM

Anonymous edible gardens--point loma said...

I have Bob Thompson's New Victory Garden too, but check out Jim Crockett's Victory Garden--the original. Lots of dirt in those photos too. There is a wealth of good advice and New England garden wisdom, set forth plainly but with a quaint charm. Just ignore the time-locked recommendations for use of pesticides and other non-organic practices. I'm sure Jim would be guiding us all in sustainable gardening were he alive today. (You can probably find Crockett's book on Susan

November 17, 2013 11:06 PM

Blogger Mike Davis said...

So don't try to turn it, but do loosen it as much as possible with a digging fork as much as possible, then add lots of compost. You want to disrupt the boundary between the new material on top and the compacted region below. Then plants and time will do the rest. (Rototilling would only create a thin loose zone on top and worse compaction below.)

November 22, 2013 2:13 AM


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