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March 28, 2009

What a pile of crap...literally

Yeah, I mean literally. We went to the local sewer district this afternoon to check if they had any of this soil, aptly nicknamed "poo dirt" or "man-soil" by the locals, for sale. I was nicely told that no, they will not sell me any of it, it's FREE, they'll give it to me. What's up with that? Free soil?

OK, so you know I'm all over that right, since I think we've well established that free is my absolute favorite price! The thing you have to understand is this, "This soil is going nowhere that I'm growing food!" Oh, I understand that it's been tested and it's "clean" and that it's OK to use in food gardens if I'd like; it's my hangup, and I'll run with it.

The reason we got this soil, was again for the back yard lawn. The clay heavy soil needs amending and getting nutrient rich, organic matter into it will only help that soil structure and hopefully get my grass growing this year. We won't use any chemicals on our lawn, because we do allow our chickens to range on it from time to time and intend to even more this year.

In other, and unrelated, news: Today was the last real class of my Master Gardener program! We have one more meeting next Wednesday where we'll learn about speaking to the public, and then we're having a pot luck. I was informed today also that during that class I should be prepared because they'll be calling me up to talk about it since I've already given a few classes. I don't know if I just don't have a problem with talking to audiences, or if I'm just so conceited that I think everyone wants to hear what I have to say, but I do enjoy giving the instructional talks.

Anyway, I'll be working on a few items on "my list" this weekend. Indoor tasks since the weather's supposed to be foul, hope you get to some of yours. Do tell, what's on your list?
I will post mine soon, as well as a detail of the components of the man-soil that I put on today. It's interesting, they gave me a paper with the breakdown of all the macro and micro-nutrients when I picked it up. Interesting stuff.

Have a great weekend all.


Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife said...

Our list is rather long - unsurprising given the time of year. We're trying to get our mobile chicken pen and coop primed and painted, but the weather hasn't been cooperating in terms of temperature or precipitation. Maybe we'll make the other modifications to them we'd planned on.

Also need to return a borrowed rototiller, and perhaps make a run to the hardware store for materials to build raised beds for the asparagus, soon to arrive. Since asparagus is so long lived, we're thinking of springing for the manufactured (i.e. plastic) lumber that never rots.

Amanda said...

My list is very long also. We are finally moving into our new house on Monday. It sits on 1/3 acre and has no landscaping done. I have BIG plans for a veggie garden and edible landscape and I would LOVE to get a few chickens. Exciting stuff!!

On a completely unrelated note, I saw that you had posted a comment on an article on KSL about gardening. I really appreciated you speaking up to the trolls. :)

Chiot's Run said...

Free is always the best price isn't it. I love it when I can find free stuff for the gardens. That's one reason I compost.

Irma said...

Man-soil, hmm? I may be willing to pee on my compost, but I draw the line at man-ure. I know, I know, it's just the old societal taboos coming back to haunt me....but I'm glad you're not using that stuff on food!

CitySteader said...

We call it humanure! And we are going to pick up our first truckload of it here in a couple of weeks. I'm always excited to get new poo for the garden!

Kory said...

Shhhh, don't tell P~ but as he was spreading that on the lawn, some of the dust from it got in the air and spread to the garden. It might be very minute...but its there.