Building an Urban Garden Step 3: Dirt
Dirt. When you have a yard, you think you’re the queen of all dirt. Why on earth would you need MORE dirt when your empire is already full of it???
Well…as I found out removing grass from a 25 by 10 foot spot in my yard, when you dig up grass, it takes 3-5 inches of dirt with it. And this is 100 square feet of dirt that you’ll need to replace so that you don’t have a giant unsightly hole in your lawn.
So…off to Lowes!
In case you were wondering, that’s what $200 worth of soil looks like from Lowes. It took me 2 trips in a Ford Escape to get this home, and A LOT of help from the staff at Lowes with loading it all into my car (seriously, the staff at my local Lowes are ridiculously helpful. I love it there).
I got 33 bags (33sq feet) of a good mulch-y top soil, and 12 large bags of vegetable-specific garden soil (30 sq feet). I supplemented all of this with 6-7 additional bags of topsoil and organic garden soil we had lying around the lawn from other projects.
If you’re doing the math, you’ll realize this means I only got around 70 square feet of soil.
But don’t despair! I have 6 cubic yards of mulch in my driveway thanks to the city of Alexandria! That’s wayyy more than I need for this project (in fact, way more than I need for anything…anyone want some mulch???).
This is my dirt, in my garden.
Side note: I had wanted to try organic garden soil, but it came down to a cost issue—it cost me $80 for 30 sq feet of high quality vegetable garden soil I purchased, but it would have cost meat least twice as much to get the same amount in organic soil. I am all about organic gardening, but for a project this size the start-up cost is enormous, and wasn’t possible within my budget.
One thought on “Building an Urban Garden Step 3: Dirt”
May 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm
After much initial success and ignorance (first year I planted 14 tomato plants!), my veggie gardens stopped producing much of anything. I have finally given up. I’d rather be riding than tending the raised beds which I recently removed from our backyard. All of which is to say, good luck. May you have less clay than I.
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