Gardening with Backyard Soil

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Backyard soil tends to contain a lot of debris. Learn about gardening with backyard soil from an award-winning horticulturist in this free home landscaping video. View Video Transcript

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Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb", for On Gardening. Most of us get into a backyard soil we have, and often there's going to be like pieces of leaves, like we have here in it. You may get some different debris. Often organic matters mixed into it. You can see here we've got a little piece of oak leaf, and you may have some grass clippings, which we have in here, and you've got some other materials that's been added to it. With your backyard soil you might want to check it to make sure it's of good PH, and you may also want to make sure to add some extra amendments to it, like some perlite, vermiculite, some sand; kind of improve that backyard soil. Backyard soil can be just about anything, but often it's going to have a lot of organic materials that you've collected, such as leaves, compost, anything that you've used like kitchen waste, peelings, things of that nature can be made into a compost. And all of that compost can be added back into your backyard garden. So the more the better; sort of like a kitchen sink, if you add those leaves, you add those grass clippings, and you add a little bit of perlite and sand or another organic matter to it, you're going to have a good median to grow in. For On Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb".