Day One. Saving Topsoil

The first, beautiful pile of topsoil

The first, beautiful pile of topsoil

Well we’ve finally begun.  The first step, before actually digging, is to scrape up the topsoil and put it in piles to be used when we start planting the garden.  This is the first pile.

Isn’t it beautiful? (if you like that sort of thing). But it’s more than beautiful.   It turns out to be wonderful soil.  I had it tested a few months ago in, I think, 5 places, and was so pleased  I was expecting very alkaline soil that I would need to amend a lot. It turns out to be a lovely pH 6.8 – very lightly acid.   I was expecting really heavy clay.  Instead the soil is a slightly clay loam.  And it is about 7” deep. So I won’t be buying any topsoil.  How nice.