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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Choosing right site for topsoil to make MTS?


I live in Marina Del Rey CA (part of Los Angeles, just south of Venice). I would like to make MTS. I am trying to figure out how to tell a good place to get the topsoil. I have friends yards or I can go to state parks and grab some soil. I am a little concerned about air pollution debris in the soil too.

The garden center here said we have alkaline soil. There are areas that are sandy but most of the yards I have access to are clay.

I also know someone that has spent years amending their soil from their worm compost. Would that be too high in the npk? Not composted enough? Or would it be a good thing?

Also do I take the top or do I dig down and get it deeper?

Any tips?

Thanks so much,

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 07:39 PM
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I would go for the soil that has had worm compost added over the years. And, I would use soil from about an inch to about 6 inches down. The surface is more likely to have roots, insecticides and herbicides in it, as well as sticks and stones. Below 6 inches or so, the soil is more likely not to be very rich.

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