Originally Posted by DTOM420
I was doing some work at a local farm this morning and went exploring into the woods down in the flood plain of a creek. It’s FULL of oak trees and nobody goes in there except wild animals and an occasional cow. Well, the forest floor is covered with a layer of partially decomposed oak leaves and a smattering of weeds and local flora. I pushed the light layer of leaves back (thinking they’d be great for composting) and I uncovered the blackest most beautiful looking soil I’ve ever seen out in nature! It doesn’t seem to have the clay content that the local soil is known for and its black, not brown or red.
I’m thinking it’s just a natural compost pile. What do y’all think? I can gather as much of it as I want, any time I want. Do you think it’d make ideal organic soil to use in a water-only recipe? It’s just GOTTA be great for growing but I’m not sure whether to try it as compost, media or a mix that just needs amending. What would y’all organic gurus do, if you were me?
Here is a pic of one of the trees
Here’s the leaf littler on the ground
Here’s the top layer of leaves pushed aside
And here’s a picture of it in my hand. It smell like a little slice of heaven! Better than any soil I’ve ever mixed!
Seems like the very definition of “living soil.”
This what you hold in your hand is called Chernozyom soil,black type of humus rich soil.. its a special goodies if mixed with ripe
cow shit,good agro lime and other quality mineral part for
creating a rich soil mix... i will never use any aerators with
those soil cause its pity to destroy this nice soft structure..
Best soil in mine country comes from area that haved huge oaks,
some of them 3 to 4 meters fat tree stalks and this was ancient
forest.. some of trees was have unbelivable proportions..
after they cutted forest then they used this soil to grow crops..
everything growed like a charm,that area was famous by agriculture and it still is..
You found a black gold bro..