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  • KrystálL7 commented on brian3140's instructable Make Garden Soil from ALMOST any Dirt4 months ago
    Make Garden Soil from ALMOST any Dirt

    Hi Suzanne,Did you have much luck? I have found through my own trials and errors that dirt and soil are very different. Soil is 'living' and has it's own little ecosystem of beneficial microorganisms, insects, worms, bacteria, fungi etc, which live off of dead organic matter like manure, compost etc hereas dirt is essentially deactivated soil which needs life added to it. Plants struggle to grow in dirt because dirt hasn't got the organisms in it needed to aerate it, or create the essential nutrients the plants need, plants also have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria and fungi both of which help the plant absorb nutrients and make nutrients available to the plant. But where you have dirt you have potential soil, so you just need to add compost, manure both green and brown in the ri...see more »Hi Suzanne,Did you have much luck? I have found through my own trials and errors that dirt and soil are very different. Soil is 'living' and has it's own little ecosystem of beneficial microorganisms, insects, worms, bacteria, fungi etc, which live off of dead organic matter like manure, compost etc hereas dirt is essentially deactivated soil which needs life added to it. Plants struggle to grow in dirt because dirt hasn't got the organisms in it needed to aerate it, or create the essential nutrients the plants need, plants also have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria and fungi both of which help the plant absorb nutrients and make nutrients available to the plant. But where you have dirt you have potential soil, so you just need to add compost, manure both green and brown in the right ratios like above, and the organisms will thrive and start breaking down the matter into vital nutrients for your plants. I hope this helps :)

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