I have to heavily amend soils too, due to Key West's inhospitable soil. While I no longer use Peat for acidifying soil or for moisture retention, I have created a base for a soil blend that has produced very nice results. I tweak the blend depending on what I am planting, but the core of ingredients is the same. I use a store brand organic garden soil, WORM CASTINGS (a gardeners best friend), a mycorhizal start up fertilizer, silica sand, and Azomite for granular trace elements. What I have observed is faster establishment, stress and drought tolerance, and rapid new healthy growth. I won't plant without my blend. Can't stress enough of the importance of Worm Castings. This is great stuff for your garden.
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