What to use and how to ammend my soil
Let me introduce myself to the forum.
I have spent most of my gardening life on the East coast in Connecticut where I attended the New York Botanical Gardens program for commercial horticulture of which I am certified in.
I now live in Goodyear Arizona, having moved here back in April, 05.
Recently I took my shovel to the ground and began to start my garden here. After digging a while my gardening heart almost broke. Never have I seen (or imagined) a soil as poor as the soil I have encountered here. And in all fairness I'm viewing it as "dirt" rather than soil.
Back in CT we have a rich organic soil which is replenished by nature in the fall by tree leaves and other organic material in conjunction with spring rains.
As an addition to natures work I would each fall collect about 50 or so bags of leaves and compost them into black gold for use in the garden beds each spring. Needless to say this is not the cycle here in the desert and the soil seems incredibly poor and also seems to lack any biologicals such as earthworms and the sort for aeration and organic improvement.
I am turning to this forum for advice on how to reasonably amend my garden soil short of replacing it.
What are the best additives for general use here in Goodyear Arizona?