The Lousy Rotten No Good Awful Bad Soil Fixin’ Experiment Begins!

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  • Carolyn Smith

    This is a fun experiment with you. We feel like you are taking us with you on this journey.🤠

  • Chip Fyn

    When you were planting your trees I could see how awful your soil is deep down, but the top few inches are not too bad. I fear that churning your good soil down into that muck is killing it. I would be robbing the surrounding forests of their leaves and lasagna layering a wide strip right next to the woods. Too bad you are renting. The place needs hundreds of tons of manure for the long haul.

    • David The Good

      Yeah, renting makes it not worth serious inputs.

    • Rehoboth Farm

      @David The Good If ol’ Chip was interested in a great little piece of heaven in one of sunny Grenada’s less stabby neighborhoods you could afford to buy something truly exquisite.

  • Dani M

    I can’t wait to see how these experimentations turn out! It will be a great jumping off point for many. Of course results will vary depending on location and other environmental factors, but I am excited to use what you learn in my own space!

  • Rehoboth Farm

    Wow! So relieved. For the first whole minute I was thinking, “Man, your soil really is messed up.”

  • MD 63

    ” .. may your thumbs always be green.” Holds up charcoal black thumb.🤣

  • Old 37 Homestead

    EXPLOSIONS! And looking forward to seeing how the experiments work out. It’ll give me some great info.

  • ZSandmann

    “I made some biochar” …. CodysLab has entered the chat.

  • Evan Sullivan Richgels

    This’ll be interesting to see how you build your soil over time and revive it. I can’t wait to see when this is all done.

  • Nancy Pippo

    great explanation. I m going to use the same dimension’s to make my test plot for nano clay , jadam , jadam and nonoclay together…the possibilities are endless.

  • Clive Mitchell

    Some years ago I built a box with four compartments. Into one I put builder’s sand, the second had sand and charcoal, the third bark compost and charcoal, and the fourth bark compost. I planted potatoes, beans and carrots in each. I didn”t run the experiment to completion as my wife wanted the box for a herb bed, but the carrots and beans I dug up showed that sand and charcoal was about as fertile as bark compost, and the compost and charcoal was better still. (The potatoes did best in sand as the slugs got the ones in compost!)

    Some time later, when we had moved to our current plot of land, I planted sweet chestnuts, adding urine-charged charcoal in proportions by volume of 0, 25%, 50% and 75%. The seedlings with 25% charcoal soil grew fastest. Not that you’ll be planting chestnuts!

    Hope this helps.

  • Shane Stephenson

    Dude, this is brilliant! Thanks for doing the dirty work for us all @DTG 💖✌️😁


    I’m watching you from Canada, Ontario, Zone 5a.
    2020 is the year I planted a food forest in my backyard and also started my own compost pile.
    The food forest is about 50′ x 30′.
    I laid down sheet mulch (cardboard), then whatever organic material I had left over in the old veggie garden from the previous season, then a thick layer of woodchips (about 6″).
    I planted 5 fruit trees, some berries, some grapes, and lots of annual veggies. All the perennials did very well and had a lot of growth. The season started off slow but by mid summer everything just took off!
    I do a bit of chop and drop around the base of my perennials throughout the season as well as I plant new transplants into the forest floor with a nice pile of compost.
    It was a successful season. Can’t wait for next year.

    I decided to subscribe to your channel since you’ve moved.
    I’m excited to follow you on your new land adventure.
    I have watched a lot of your earlier videos but never hit the subscribe button.
    I appreciate your knowledge and any experiments you do.
    Looking forward to all the new videos on your new property.
    Great job with everything so far.
    Will you be planting a food forest on the new property?

    PS. Great humor, great guitar playing!
    “bucket of lime” LMAO

    Happy gardening David!!

  • Reagan L.

    5′ x 5′ sand boxes? One of them needs to be covered with a 4″ layer of compost then covered with 6″ of hardwood wood chips, leave it for 6 months and see how it goes come Spring. It is likely most of the nutrients will be flushed through the sand after a few inches of heavy rainfall. Good luck with your experiment!!

  • Scott Head

    It was a great livestream, glad to see a little more info on this vid. Going to be a great series

  • Robin Lillian

    I recognize the old Star Trek music.

  • Gloria J

    Hey David, thanks for doing all the heavy lifting in the experimental department so we can reap the rewards! Alabama sand isn´t too different from Central Florida sand, is it? I am really looking forward to this!


    thank you David This is gonna be very interesting looking forward to the results

  • Koi Caine

    Ahhh…. The joys of growing in sand. Welcome to my world. Cheap, pure Bentonite Clay kitty litter is a good, organic addition. I buried tons of fish and it made a HUGE difference, I actually had a crop this year. Doing chopping and dropping and building it up Alan Dr Elaine Ingham style. I even have worms living in it now <3

  • Ian M Burke

    Let’s talk about that Jeep in the background… 😍 Love this idea as an experiment – I need this since I have terrible sandy soil here in NC

  • B Satori

    “The poorest soil I have ever seen” fixin experiment. 🤣

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