A while back a good friend of mine, John Starnes, told me about this great way to get garden areas amended and ready for planting. Its a crazy method but I’ve used it and it works. I’m getting ready to try it again in my new house.You’ll get a lot of crazy looks but you cant argue with success. Florida soil is very sandy. The “recipe” fixes that!
Here’s the recipe for a 10×10 garden plot.
1 50 lb bag of cheap dog food
1 50 lb bag of alfalfa pellets
40 lbs of unscented, non clumping cheap cat litter.
1 bale of hay
enough cardboard to cover the entire area. It can be in pieces, just tile the area with cardboard after performing the following steps.
Add the dog food, alfalfa pellets and cat litter to the area and distribute evenly with a rake. Water it until evenly moist. Tile the entire area with the cardboard. Water cardboard. Cover the cardboard with the hay. Water again until the hay lays down a little.
Keep it moist and wait at least 2 months before you plant. The cardboard should have disintegrated, And you plant your veggies right in the soil that remains. Leave what ever is left of the hay for mulch.
This method works fantastic for tomatos, beans, peppers, melons and more!
If you want to add more compost fine but not really necessary. You can turn it a bit when ready to plant or not.. It works like a dream. Will add pictures when i’m done with the project!