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Is fill dirt safe for food gardening?

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Answer #1 | 30/12 2013 07:07
Brandon, have your soil tested by taking a sample to your County Extension Office. Explain where the soil came from and what you want to plant. Ask to have it tested for nutrients, pH and contaminants. The results will be sent to you and your County Agent. The results can be a little confusing if you are not accustomed to reading them so call your CA. The CA will explain the results and tell you what, if anything, you need to do in order to successfully grow the crops you are interested in. There is a small fee for the lab test but it is well worth it. Good luck and Happy New Year
Answer #2 | 31/12 2013 19:31
Fill dirt is usually subsoil and is inadequate for raising plants in. It sounds like the kind you have is mostly clay, which has terrible drainage. In order to make it suitable for growing plants in, you'd have to add a lot of organic material (compost) and sand to make it more porous. You won't get worms until there is organic material for them to eat and a crumbly tilth so they can dig through it.

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