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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:16 pm 

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I'm building a couple of raised beds, each 16'x4' and am looking for a source for good garden soil to raise vegetables. I live in the Flower Mound/Lewisville area, and have a trailer so I can pick up soil in bulk a yard at a time. I think I will need at least 3cuft of soil.

I'm considering the Dyno Dirt products from City of Denton, though I'm a bit concerned about potential problems from the composted biosolids, but I'm new to the area and am not sure what my alternatives are, and don't know that buying basic topsoil and adding compost would be any better, and would probably include quite a fight with the weed seeds that would probably be in the topsoil.

Any suggestions would be nice. I really don't want to go the bagged route since I'd need so many bags. Both the additional cost and having to throw away the bags afterwards don't appeal to me.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:27 am 

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Location: Red Oak,Tx
You might take a look at Living Earth at 1901 Record Crossing, in Dallas off Northwest Highway east of Luna Road, You could get to them via Denton Tap/Northwest Hwy safely pulling your trailer and avoid IH35.
I've built eight, 4x8 raised beds myself, and will probably use their Specialty Planting Mix. You can read about the mixes they offer on their website. Good luck!

Bill Hurst

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:03 pm 

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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Please offer a better description here for us of your understanding of the source material for those "biosolids". Yes, they might be composted, but if they are what I think they are......I'd be less inclined to want to use them in a vegetable garden where consumption of grown foods is inevitable.

I've heard of using such biosolids for land reclamation projects, planting trees and such in median strips, and highway embankments for seeding grasses for slope erosion control, etc. etc. When I hear "biosolids" I think of trace heavy metals, other chemical and petroleum-based effluents, and your basic "sludge" that might be related to municipal wastewater treatment. O.k., so it's further processed by a composting process too, and that's good.

Do more research first.

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