Michelle asks about a pile of potting soil:
My husband and I are in the process of purchasing an old farmhouse with 20 acres of mostly pasture. Included in the deal are 11 pallets of potting soil. There are about 450 bags, 2cf each. What is the best way to maximize this? There are no dedicated garden areas as yet. We’ll be starting from scratch. The plan is to start grocery row gardens.
I would start a small plant nursery and propagate lots of seeds and cuttings with it. Potting soil is valuable. You can easily start figs, pomegranates, stone fruits, apple seedlings, berries, etc., then you’ll have them for your Grocery Rows.
It’s really easy to set up a backyard nursery space, and it’s almost like printing money.
Plants are expensive but once you know how to propagate your own you’ll save a ton.
That potting soil can be turned into thousands of dollars worth of plants. Take full advantage of the gift you’ve been given! You can build soil on your land without using the potting soil for it.
Get some cheap pots from GreenhouseMegastore.com or another bulk outlet and get planting.
Excellent, thank you! I’ve got Free Plants for Everyone on the shelf, so I will reread to prepare.
Thanks for the interesting question, Michelle.
That’s a great stash of potting soil. Besides the potential in nursery use, it’s seriously handy for bartering among gardeners. “Hey, trade you a bag of potting soil for some cuttings…” etc. I’m just a tad envious…
Heh, if you leave near MI I’ll trade you some cuttings for a bag of potting soil…
That is true.
Please confirm: with swamp water making, you don’t seem to weigh down your greens below the waterline… in the past, my comfrey tea got all moldy on the surface, when I didn’t weigh it down… also how exactly, do you just keep a batch going indefinitely? Just keep adding water & stuff & use without waiting?
I let them mold, stirring them down occasionally. No worries. Sometimes I let a batch keep going, adding more water and material as needed. I use it whenever I want after about two weeks of rotting.