Getting Discouraged- Need Your Best Tips
First - I have to say our soil started as shallow,dead,hard,clay. All of the original great topsoil was pushed off to put the house and plant grass. (By the original homeowners)
Last year I tilled in composted leaves from our county landfill.
I've tilled in leaves and horse manure this year and spread lime powder,greensand and rock phosphate before tilling.
I want to have a rich, organic vegetable garden with dedicated beds that I can use without using a tiller every year.
My husband is NOT in agreement with me and we have endless disagreements. He wants to just throw on some 10-10-10 fertilizer and be done with it.
With grocery store veggie prices going up and our fixed income, I really need to find a way to grow some quality veggies to eat and can/freeze this summer and try to have some fall/winter crops this year.
So, PLEASE share the best tips for enriching my garden soil as quickly as possible.
There is an improvement over the last couple of years, but I still have a long way to go.
There is not much money available to purchase amendments, so I would really appreciate hearing about which purchased amendments worked best for you. I'm thinking about buying a 44 lb bag of Azomite to spread over the garden.
I'm still haven't gotten the hang of making good compost yet, but I'm working on it.
Any links to great discussions would be much appreciated.
I'm so tired of hearing about how 10-10-10 has worked all of his life so why can't we just keep doing the same old- same old!
We are both 58 years old and he has some damage from being crushed in a machine at work in '08. I will be doing the majority of lifting and digging etc.
I'm tired and need some encourage today!
P.S. It's not all bad, my 2nd year asparagus bed is great, started a dedicated strawberry patch and a blueberry garden so far this year.