Hi, I'm Grey, and I have less-than-perfect soil.
I've been adding bags of mushroom compost, bonemeal, bloodmeal, cottonseed meal, and fish fertilizer for the past year or two. Seeing improvement (I have red wriggler worms in my soil now, YAY!!!). BUT, I want to know what else I can do.
I think I can get my hands on some cow manure, from cows fed only grass ("organic" cows) though I have to go in their pasture to get it. I also have 2 & 3 year old leaf mold that I have been adding in to the soil, on top.
From there, I read in one book to just take your kitchen scraps and bury them directly in the garden. I have a couple of beds I have been experimenting with on this. I chop all my kitchen scraps up pretty small, and crush my eggshells. I'm using the trench method, putting the debris roughly 6" deep in the ground (so far, no critters have come looking for the eggshells).
I'm wanting to see if this works better than my compost pile, which tends to go cold since I haven't enough greens available to add to the browns. I thought perhaps I could just leave the leaves to turn to leaf mold and add what little grass we do mow (with the drought last year, we mowed our weeds maybe 5 times, that won't heat your pile, and it won't kill weed seeds).