Have you noticed how a lot of gardening techniques are like baking techniques?
I was mixing up a batch of seed starting and transplanting mix using my favorite recipe. There I was sifting the rich fluffy compost, mixing in the light colored sand, rich dark Under the Woodpile Dirt, rock phosphate, greensand, dolomite lime, soaked and swollen/crumbly alfalfa pellets (like gelatin powder or yeast). Watching the different colors come together -- yep, just like baking, mixing the dry ingredients. Same tech too, sweeping motions from outside in, turning the bowl ... eh... the saucer sled (it's EXCELLENT for mixing small batches. for large batches I use the wheelbarrow).
Then it was time to add water to moisten it. So what did I do? Make a mound with a hollow center -- home made pasta or bread dough! Poured the water in and started to mix... until just crumbly, or the stage in pie-dough making when it's READY for those spoonfuls of ice water, when the mixture just holds it's shape when squeezed, then falls apart.