We have an area up against our house (about 6 ft x 30 ft) where I'd like to plant veggies next spring. There are lots of roots there, from bushes we removed. I have available plenty of horse manure (fresh) and old rotted leaves, not to mention things like shredded paper. IE plenty of great things to add to a compost pile. I have a compost pile working but there's not much in it. Is there a way to add these uncomposted ingredients to the soil NOW that will make the soil suitable for planting next spring? Or is there something I could buy that would help? I hate the idea of buying a bunch of top soil b/c that would get expensive. Is this doable? If it is, should I mix the ingredients into the soil, or layer them on top, or what? Or, is it too difficult to amend red clay?
Also, is there any problem with growing veggies up against the house? It gets tons of sun, and the foundation of the house is concrete block, so the moisture wouldn't be a problem.