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2/24/13 9:58 A

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I know this thread's been around a while but thought I'd throw in the little I know about green sand. It's used around here as an amendment and also recommended as an ingredient in seed starter mix: green sand, worm castings and perlite, 1/3 each. Soil makeup is different wherever you live so the recommended amendments may be different. Of course you can never go wrong with a good compost mix.

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10/10/12 4:52 P

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I'd never heard of green sand. I keep earthworms in large tubs for my kitchen scraps and we simply sift them out every couple of months and put their castings in the raised beds. We compost leaves at this time of year and mix in the wood ashes from our stove.

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10/8/12 6:00 P

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In the late fall what I normally do for my raised veggie bed is apply some blood meal, bone meal and just a very little wood ash. I then top that with shredded leaves. In the spring I add some compost and turn it all in. The soil is great and the veggies keep thriving.

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10/8/12 4:31 P

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Thanks, I should be able to manage that. I hope I have better results next year.

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I'd give it a good 3" minimum layer.

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Thanks, I'll skip the green sand.

How deep do you spread the compost/manure? I'll have to see what's available as I don't want to add manure from animals fed GMO corn.

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10/8/12 3:36 P

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Totally. You don't have to dig it in as the worms will bring it down for you.

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That's good to know, even tho I've never heard of greensand. Do you put compost on and then can you cover it with leaves?

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Greensand is a pit mined mineral that is nonrenewable. I recommend using compost (purchased if that's your only option) or manure instead.

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My local greenhouse recommended that I treat my raised beds with green sand in the fall to restore minerals. They said the sand would break down over the winter and the beds would be ready for planting in the spring.

Has anyone else done this? I don't compost, but I do want to keep my garden organic.

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