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Improving clay topsoil with peat and composted manure. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28123480@N00/686991915/">Kathleen Farley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Improving clay topsoil with peat and composted manure. Photo: Kathleen Farley, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The lowdown on good dirt

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A foundational conversation for gardeners this morning: Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy breaks down the good and not-so-good about topsoil.

Whether you're filling raised beds, raising the grade in a spot of the garden, or putting the finishing landscaping around a construction project, good topsoil will make a big difference.

Amy runs through the basic ingredients, and how to make sure the soil you buy or mix yourself will do the job.

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Martha Foley
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