How to turn dirt into garden soil?

n2hostas (Kansas)
2 months ago

I am digging a hole to put in a small pond with fountain. I have more dirt than I know what to do with.

Not really, I will add it to the latest to be established hosta garden around big Norway spruce. Because of the depth of the hole, I have run into nasty, sticky clay. My idea is to add compost, peralite or sand and hopeful turn this mess into beginning soil.

I thought I would lasagna layer using newspapers then the enhanced dirt, then the topsoil from the hole and possible additional topsoil for the new garden bed. Top of with small size mulch.

Does this seem like a logical plan?? Yes, I am looking for suggestions and advice.

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