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Re: Berms, now top soil


     Topsoil here is just construction grade dirt but people still buy it.
They will walk right by compost to get a bag of topsoil. I don't think real
top soil has been sold for years. mean while we keep adding compost and our
soil looks like rich loam and is easy to dig in.  It's also free except for
the time we put in on turning it.

Nora
----- Original Message -----
From: "Island Jim" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Berms, now top soil


> this is an interesting topic. just the mathematics of it are, i think.
> would seem to me that top soil is just that, the top 12 or so inches that
> are normally penetrated by the roots of grasses and broadleaf weeds. now i
> have no idea how large an area it would take to furnish all the top soil
> that is sold in a single day in this country, but i suspect it would
> probably be an area at least the size of deleware. so i conclude that
many,
> many outfits are selling subsoil as top soil.
>
>
> At 10:01 AM 4/9/03 -0400, you wrote:
> >I always order "screened" topsoil. Costs a bit more but has no rocks,
roots
> >or beer cans . It is important to get it from a reputable place too. Go
> >there and see it and smell it. Ask if it is enriched and if so with what.
> >You don't want it enriched with sewerage sludge which usually has an odd
> >odor.
> >
> >Dan in PA
> >
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