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#407447 - 13th May 2010 6:53am topsoil
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Hi,
Does anyone know where there is unwanted topsoil? Already bought the potting compost but wondered if it is possible to put a layer of topsoil onto this, or under this. Its for a large gardening container to plant veggies in. Any gardenting tips out there regarding growing your own vegs in containers?
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#407461 - 13th May 2010 8:48am Re: topsoil [Re: ponytail]
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over the road from the old mobil place(down by the docks, road which the old penny bridge was on.), theres a sign outside the skip place which says "free topsoil"

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#407463 - 13th May 2010 8:50am Re: topsoil [Re: chris_gilly]
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Thanks Chris.
Do you know if its decent stuff? Its for veggies.

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#407464 - 13th May 2010 9:20am Re: topsoil [Re: ponytail]
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couldnt say, i drove past the other day and noticed it smile

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#407485 - 13th May 2010 11:43am Re: topsoil [Re: chris_gilly]
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Be carefull it might be thick dirty clay.
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#407683 - 14th May 2010 7:54am Re: topsoil [Re: Nigel]
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I'll pop along and see the quality. Thanks guys.

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#407706 - 14th May 2010 10:24am Re: topsoil [Re: ponytail]
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It is quite clay - ey! I got some last year and the biggest problem I have had is that it's full of tiny bits of glass and tiles which I am now going to spend the next year at least picking out.
It was free (donations to the kiddies charity) so I wouldn't moan but I'm not sure I'd use it again.
Check out Freecycle and maybe put a want on. This time of year lots of people are doing major gardening and are often looking for someone to take their excess soil rather than them having to dsipose of it - worth asking!

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#419614 - 14th Jul 2010 4:16pm Re: topsoil [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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There are tow lots of soil at that place by the penny bridge... the free stuff has quite a bit of shards of pot and briek in it and is not as good quality as you would want for growing veggies... quite a few weed seeds in there too. There is also some topsoil for Sale at £1 a bag there which looks and feels much better for veggies!

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#419711 - 15th Jul 2010 7:57am Re: topsoil [Re: Handbag]
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if your after top soil for food produce id get the best you can afford,
Id keep away from "dirty" soils that have builders waste products in, Best option would be to contact a turfing company to buy a good loam soil from them, then incorporate a load of well rotted manure or spent mushrooom compost into it. This will give u better plant growth and far healthier produce
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