Make Your Own Topsoil Screener

comments (2) June 6th, 2009

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As any gardener knows, much of a garden's success depends on the soil. Ideally it should be free of rocks and debris and loosened to allow for proper drainage. You can buy topsoil that's been screened, but depending on the size of your garden that could be an expensive option. Another alternative is to work the soil by hand, literally digging up and turning the soil while removing the rocks and other debris. It will get the job done, but it can be backbreaking work. It was while on all fours preparing the soil for carrot seed that I looked over at the compost bin and realized there was a screener right in front of me. 

We have an open air compost bin, made from three old pallets that form a U-shaped bin at one end of the garden. In an effort to keep the dogs out of the compost we attached some hardware cloth across the front of the bin that can be opened to make turning the compost easier. By taking the 'door' off our compost bin and laying it over the top of a wheelbarrow, we created a portable topsoil screener. Working in sections, we dug up the soil, placed it on top of the hardware cloth, then worked the soil through the wire mesh until we were left with fine, loose soil in the wheelbarrow and rocks on top of the hardware cloth. Because we were planting carrot seeds at the time, we mixed some sand in with our screened soil before putting it back in the trench, but this method can be adapted to whatever you happen to be planting. 


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Comments (2)

bigmoe66 writes: Is there anyone out there who is interested in gabion stone/ walls? guess this passion of mine is unique.
Maybe i should start my own blog on this subject
i am trying to find companies that have a variety gabion stone supplies
to get some wider srpead oppinions on this matter,
hope this site gets more pictures and viewers its a great site.
I am looking for different densitiy's of stone 100 - 200mm 153kn, there are very few stone supplies in my area Surrey,
so would be very interested to hear from anyone who is
Posted: 12:40 pm on August 11th
bigmoe66 writes:

Have bee studying various types of topsoil but am unsure about how the certification works,does anyone know what
different types of grading mean,
or is ther a site dedicated to this subject.

Posted: 3:33 am on July 13th
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