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Re: Heavy, compact fine sandy loam.

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I would see if there is someplace you could get peat moss in bulk. I had a much smaller garden space that was a heavy loam and it didn't want to yield. It had been crop land (soy bean & corn rotation)and even after 2 years not much was growing there. Someone gave me a bag of Peat Moss and I dumped it in one area, freed the soil up and the garden grew much better there than places without it. Aged manure is also good but be careful sometimes the wrong manure will cause a lot of weed problems if the weed seeds come with the manure. If you want to use leaves and wood mulch compost it first before you apply it that'll free up some of the nutrients in it. Green manure (crops you plant to turn under can) also be effective in getting your soil more productive and may help get your weeds under control. I also had one area I planted pumpkins in, they canopied out and choked the weeds and most of the pumpkins got broken up and turned back into the soil.

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