you gotta have it to grow a garden.
In fact, it's the most important element.
Confusion comes when we don't know what type of soil
we have to garden in.
Is it SAND?
Is it CLAY?
Or is it a combination of many soil types.
Your State Extension Service may offer
to give you an indication of what type your soil may be.
They may also offer Soil Testing of your garden's soil.
These resources will help you to make more informed choices of how to amend your soil...
so that you may truly bloom where you are planted.
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My gardens are planted on an ancient river bed.
There were literally tons of round smooth river rock
covering my property
scattered on a hard clay base
that, when dry as a bone, was so fine,
that dust whirlwinds would often dance among the stones.
Patches of morning glory (bindweed)
found this to be quite fertile ground.
I was depressed at the "site" to say the least.
Then early one morning I awoke
to discover a bloom amongst the gloom.
A single wild sunflower
blooming among the rocks and dirt.
Hope was born...
And hard work commenced.
The rocks were moved into two huge piles
on each side of our property,
then covered with soil to make our berms.
Our gardens began to take shape.
And this is what we look like seven years later...
Where rocks and poor soil once prevailed
beauty is now displayed.
You can bloom where you are planted.
You've just got to know your soil.
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