Last weekend I was able to tend to my soon-to-be Guerrilla Garden @ San Pedro & Boyd. See my last blog post about this project (http://bit.ly/ne0CpN). With the site all cleared from debris and weeds, I composted the dirt to soften it up a bit. Scott, from SoCal Guerrilla Gardening who I have been communicating with electronically, suggested composting my soil after I explained to him it was hard and compact. I found this information on the website, www.earth911.com about the benefits of using compost:
Benefits of Using Compost
- Improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment.
- Increases moisture infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff.
- Improves water-holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils.
- Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients.
- May control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens.
- Supplies significant quantities of organic matter.
- Improves cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use.
- Supplies beneficial micro-organisms to soils and growing media.
- Improves and stabilizes soil pH.
- Can bind and degrade specific pollutants.
DLANC member Jayne (http://bit.ly/nhExVV ) told me about a program from the LA Bureau of Sanitation (www.lacitysan.org) that has free composting give-aways to the public. I found a site close to DT open on Saturday, next to the LA River @ Washington under a bridge. I loaded up on the stuff- it’s free! Yipee!
I’m thinking some colorful bougainvillea for up against the fencing, and some succulents for the center of my patch.