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Expanded Aggregates Solve Soil Problems

Expanded Aggregates Solve Soil Problems

 

WHEN I MOVED to western North Carolina nearly five years ago, I was introduced to Carolina clay—very different from the sandy loam of southern Maryland, where I had gardened for 20 years or so. The sticky, reddish soil seems better suited for making pottery than for gardening—at least until it’s amended.

Organic matter—large quantities of compost, manure, and pine fines—that I had added regularly to my sandy Maryland soil to help retain moisture, I now add to my heavy clay for the opposite reason, to improve drainage and porosity. But organic matter breaks down and needs to be regularly replenished. That’s not a problem for the vegetable garden and other annual plantings, but for more permanent plantings, I needed a longer lasting solution.

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Expanded Aggregates Solve Soil Problems

 


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