Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Time Has Arrived for Black Dirt

The time has finally arrived!  My black dirt has been delivered. It looks good, smells good, and is friable, just as it should be.
If you don't know what friable means, it's nothing more than this:  Pick up a handful of dirt. Close your fingers and squeeze.  If the dirt compacts and stays together, like the start of a snowball, that's a good sign -- then gently crumble it and watch it fall.  Does it go back into a loose dirt form?  Another good sign, exactly what you want for your garden soil.
And that is what my excavator brought me.  I'm thrilled.
This weekend with the help of friends we will spread it over the area chosen for my garden.  If there is any left it will be moved to the back yard where my husband has made me a few forms so I can do some Square Foot vegetable gardening next spring.  I can't wait to try that out -- I've been wanting to do it for years. I'll be documenting that also, step by step.
So all in all this is going to be a great weekend and the weather is fabulous! Tree colors are still bright and it will be a joy to be outside.

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