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  • liam devlin 8 months ago

    Thanks that was all useful info.

  • Veronica Williams 8 months ago

    My crop grew so slow some was very small so thank you sir.

  • Francis Lim 8 months ago

    Have you ever wonder why the forests and jungles grew so well,what kind of fertilisers was used?FALLEN DEAD LEAVES,BRANCHES AND RAIN.Many leaves are super nutritious,like MORINGA for example.

  • Isabel Rayes 8 months ago


  • Rose Wright 8 months ago

    Thanks SSM, I'm about to start a new garden. Good advice.

  • paul davies 8 months ago

    what i do in BRITAIN IS ——– wait untill recycling day when everyone puts their bags outside — go out BEFORE the refuse collecters arrive and pick up all green waste ( in see through bags in britain ) —.
    throw them in the back of the van/ car— I HAVE at least every wednesday about 20/30 bags .
    only been doing this for 3 months yet have collected AT LEAST 5 TON of green waste.
    i am using it this year to develop a new vegatable garden in the new property , lets see what will grow in it next summer !!

  • 2inthepink 1inthestink 8 months ago

    This just happened to me, got conned. They said its amazing veg growing soil spliced with a fungi mix, heaps organise matter. $700 down the drain 🙁 trying to fight them to get money back. PH over 8/9+. no organic matter. They blatantly lied as we know veg grow best in ph between 6-7. They told me they would fix it and brought me a new batch several weeks later tested it again almost exactly the same. got it independently tested and they agreed with me. getting another test and a written statement from soil "expert" then going back to demand refund! dont know how I'll go but worth a try, dodgy **##s

  • Jennifer Prescott 8 months ago

    Excellent…confirms a suspicion Iv'e had about some soil I inherited..proven amazing growth of active crops..but turns into cement when nought in use. This is exciting as there is many yards of it. Compost is the answer..

  • Ingrid RB 8 months ago

    Excellent video, btw.

  • Ingrid RB 8 months ago

    It's probably been over 10 years now, but I remember when my sister and I bought a pick-up truckload full of what was supposedly nice, loamy, fertile vegetable soil from the local garden center for the raised beds. It was the most sterile soil I have ever seen. Nothing grew in it — not even the invasive ivy or blackberries! So frustrating. We ended up having to dig it all out and mix in manure, compost, and leafy matter in order to get any vegetables that year. I've had mixed results with the bags of soil from the Big Box Stores, but I don't have the space right now to do a full composting system to make my own and have space for a garden. Lots of big wood chunks in those bags. :-/

  • scott jackisch 8 months ago

    I think u are better off buying soil component's and mixing it yourself. Such as compost, mushroom compost, well rotted manure. And blend it with the soil such as u bought.

  • Ozdave McGee 8 months ago

    Garden center soil is basically sand and sewage.

    Easy answer, get a circular saw blade, bolt it to booker bar. Tear up arpund 100 pages of newspaper. Soak overnight. Put blade in drill, chop blend. Put it in your dirt. If worms are coming you are doung the right thing.

    Kitchen. No tomatoes, any seed, potatoe peels, or citrus. Any other vege scaps, or left over cooked veges. Keep, blend in household blender in some water, just a trench pour cover, done.

  • JRR31984 8 months ago

    Awesome points.

  • j parks 8 months ago

    full of idiot errors. first, don't build such tall raised containers. doesn't need to be more than 18" high

  • Bob the Slacker 8 months ago

    Even a $2k grass bagger for your mower will pay for itself in organic matter for your garden, even if you only harvest in the peak growing months. One acre can easily produce ~12 cubic meters worth of grass clipping compost if harvested during the four peak growing months per year.

  • Mariano Aran 8 months ago

    Hey Mark.

    Thanks for the video! I heard a while ago that instead of growing plants, we should be growing soil. Plants know how to grow…. If we put all our energy in growing good soil, that humus that is full of life we'd be successful for sure!

    Just wanted to share our experience that I think it would have worked a treat in those raised beds when you want to have volume and life as quickly as possible.

    As you've done in other opportunities, the base of such high raised beds could be lots of carbon material, like branches and leaves litter that will decompose through time, then the bulk of the volume filled with organic mushroom compost (which is very cheap, light and also organic matter), then the top part could be anything that will help kick start the microbes production, like a thin layer of compost, worm casting, comfrey leaves, coffee grounds or if you want to add pre-made products you can use products like "Life Force-Micro-Force" from NTS in Yandina which is used to brew microbes. Then of course a thicker layer of mulch on top. This worked great for us as Compost mulch was quite cheap compared to garden soil from landscape places and it was awesome providing organic matter to the soil in a short period of time. Lastly…. we also tried the 18 days composting system after seeing a video from Geoff Lawton and worked a treat. It produced rich, full of life compost in 3 weeks from mostly dried material (carbon) and thin layers of green manure. The best thing is that it didn't loose volume, so we started with 1m3 of volume and we got around the same in the end. 🙂

    PH was boring to us too and thought it was too technical for home gardeners like us. But then we learned that soil balance is very important as plants cannot absorb nutrients when PH is either too acidic or too alkaline. A slightly acidic soil is best to grow nutrient dense food. in saying that, we usually don't worry trying to control PH as when soil is full of life it balances itself. a

    We found that growing soil was a very interesting and rewarding activity… we enjoy it as much as growing food! :))

  • thatsnumberwang100 8 months ago

    Mate, nice work!

    My work's done for now. Compost is going well. Everything is growing.

  • Heather Reis 8 months ago

    we have a local dude that every one said had amazing compost he sold so we went with it bought "4 yards" (it was at most 2) and it had to be the crappiest dirt id ever seen. all my plants were struggling. i went around and started burrying kitchen scraps different places around the plants and now everythings growing amazing. took a a few times doing it and we started noticing a huge difference.

  • Garret D. Stout Jr. 8 months ago

    I totally agree with all you’ve said! Thanks!