8 Steps for Making Better Garden Soil

Use these organic and natural methods to make healthy garden soil from common dirt.

Compost Pile
To build a compost pile, start by layering organic materials. Alternate more readily decomposable materials — fresh, high-nitrogen wastes, such as manures, crop residues, kitchen wastes and weeds — with less decomposable materials — drier, coarser and high-carbon wastes, such as autumn leaves, straw and corncobs.
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