hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

CULT: Heavying Up Too Light "Soil"


I've got a raised bed for bearded irises and after Henry made it for me by 
excavating down into the gravel of the parking area at the back of my 
property and then installing treated lumber barriers I filled it with a 
commercial 100% organic mix that I have used with great success in pots for 
irises, mixed with some sand. The mix is very friable and I discover that I 
actually could use something in there to heavy it up and slow run-through of 
water and whatnot. Now, compost isn't the answer since what is in there is 
basically compost. Sand isn't the answer since sand has the bizarre habit of 
both providing extreme drainage and also remaining moist. Commercial topsoil 
is a possibility and I may have to go that route although what is available 
around here in small quantity is pretty gruesome, sludgy, and of 
unmentionable origins. The local garden center has a bagged product I use a 
lot of in the garden called "Compost and Manure" and it runs on the heavy 
side, but it obviously contains manure. I could stand to score a few bushels 
of clay, but that is hardly something anyone sells around here, for sure. 
Anybody got any obscure tricks about heavying up soil with products generally 
available commercially in comparatively small quantitites?

Anner, in Virginia

Get a NextCard Visa, in 30 seconds! Apply NOW!
1. Fill in the brief application
2. Receive approval decision within 30 seconds
3. Get rates as low as 0.0% Intro APR and no annual fee!

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement
Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index