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Milk-crate soil sifter

I am a gardener, but I have terrible soil.  My property is rocky and sloped and compacted.   If I need to dig a hole, I need a pick-axe before I even touch a shovel.  This makes planting really dependent on imported soil.

I used to just make raised beds with soil carted in from other properties, but now I use a low-tech method of sifting out the rocks.  What remains is still a bit sandy, but at least I can dig with a trowel.
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
*  Shovel
*  Milk crate
*  Rocky soil
pam8192 years ago
Gee thanks, I was thinking of making me one of those sifters using wire and wood, but when I saw your posting I thought now that's a lot easier. I think I might add a piece of wire in the bottom to help catch rocks though.

thanks again.

pam
jon.karak (author)  pam8191 year ago
Most of the crates I came across will screen for 3/4-inch aggregate. If you want something finer, then adding a sheet of "hardware cloth" might be the easiest solution. Thanks for the thumbs-up!