By Diane Ako
This is a story about my hunt for some bulls***. I have a container garden my friend Dave made for me. Lately, it's become hard and compacted, and won't grow much of anything.
Dave is a farmer, plus he procured me the soil from a bulk supplier, so it was a certain kind of soil. I asked him what to do. He said:
"Was there a lot of water coming off the roof and running in there? That's kind of a problem if it exists. The soil will always get compacted over time from that process... Dig up the existing dirt (as deep as possible). Then fill it up with the steer manure compost blend. Then mix that in with the dirt that you dug up. It would be a good idea to wait a couple weeks after that. After the plants are all in, be sure to put 3-4" of mulch on top, but leave an inch or so around the stem of the plant. If there is enough sun there, then you should be hip deep in veggies in a month or two."
Yes, there was once a lot of water running in there. OK, I understand I need to amend the soil using steer manure; hence the hunt for some bull.
I only found compost at City Mill; it was the only thing that wasn't called potting soil. Where do I get said manure?
I mentioned my situation while visiting a friend at work, at an organization known for bureaucracy and politics. "We have a lot of that here," he said. I don't want it unless it makes my garden grow!