Originally from North Dakota and now residing in Alabama, I have never had to deal with the soil conditions here in the south, so I joined to see if I could get advice on dealing with the poor soil quality I have to deal with.
I live on what they call "Sand Mountain". It is well named I am afraid. I have been tilling my garden area and it is mainly clay and sand. (I am pretty sure but cant say what kind of ratio, more clay then sand though) I am not really sure what I can do to improve the quality of my soil so that I can grow better veggies.
I have been thinking of buying bags of black soil from like Lowes and tilling that into my current soil. Will this do any good or will I need so much that I will have to get a second job to buy enough?
I have already started a "Mulch" pile for leaves and grass clippings that I am going to keep over and this fall till into the garden area. Is this a good idea?
I know some will say get some manure to mix in but my options for this are nil. Is there a good bagged substitute that I can get that will be helpful?
I was raised on garden grown vegetables and in dire need of getting information before my growing season gets too far gone. It is still early and want to have a game plan on what I can do soon.
Thanks so much for any replies!