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This article by Howard Garrett on changes in organic gardening practices was an interesting read. I knew peat moss was a no-no but not sharp sand.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Kathy March 5, 2004, 3:33 pm

It isn’t a matter of what region you are in so much as what kind of soil you have. I have acid clay. To improve general structure and fertility of my soil, I add organic matter such as well rotted manure or compost. But when I want to grow something that needs really well-draining soil, I add grit, and if it doesn’t like acid soil I add ground limestone. Don Engebretson of the Renegade Gardener http://www.renegadegardener.com/ could probably advise you better on the best way to amend your Minnesota soil.

Keith March 4, 2004, 8:34 pm

I wonder how much of this applies to Zone Four. Is it possible that Minnesota soil wouldn’t necessarily play nice with things like lava sand?

bill March 1, 2004, 4:33 pm

I’ve used sharp sand without problems, but some of my gardening friends do claim that it turns the ground to concrete.

I think Howard Garrett lost some of his credibility by recommending this through the years.