Good place to get topsoil from?

natalija_gardenerSeptember 27, 2011

Hi!

I am thinking about buying topsoil. But the quality of the topsoil may be very different, I heard. And soil is important for growing balanced nutritious vegetables.

Can you please reccomend a good place to buy it somewhere in Pierce or King County?

Thanks!

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Call some bark and topsoil dealers and ask what they are selling to people for use in vegetable gardens.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2011 at 12:53PM
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natalija_gardener

Thanks, Bboy!
They usually say: "We have good topsoil" and I am not really specialist in recognizing good from bad. I just thought may be someone knowledgeble about topsoil in our area would reccomend particular reputable business where they sell good topsoil. Anybody, please?

    Bookmark   October 3, 2011 at 7:33PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Topsoil is whataever someone scraped from the sucae while developing, or otherwise working, in an area. No standards exist. Look at it before you purchase to make certain it doesn't already have some of the nasty weeds you want to avoid.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2011 at 8:07PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

As with other retailing bark and soil sold here is dominated by the same products coming from the same few wholesale suppliers serving the region. The ideal situation would be finding someone excavating and selling good natural soil from an old lake bed or similar situation. I think most places nowadays will instead have artificial mixes rather than real soils. An example which I think is promoted for vegetables gardens, among other uses is called "3-Way".

    Bookmark   October 3, 2011 at 11:29PM
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pat_tea(PNW, Van,WA)

Do you have a local garden club. You could probably get some good referals from them. Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2011 at 6:35PM
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natalija_gardener

thank u all for your input. I will look into advice all of u!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2011 at 7:24PM
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plantknitter(8)

Drive to the midwest somewhere to a family farm not in production for a long time, scrape the topsoil off into a truck and drive it back here.
Really! I dream of doing that. Only way I know of getting some REAL topsoil.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2011 at 2:06AM
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