My idea right now is to pretty much mix all these together into a big compost cassarole, throw some extra innoculent, mushroom spores, worms and go to planting.
I've seen that Florida muck when working at the sugar mills around Okeechobee. Good stuff. All I can do is dream of it.
That's as good a plan as you need to get started.
Muck soils are the result of drained bogs. All kinds of organic matter in there. Nothing wrong with adding more. Muck soils have a tendency to blow away and oxidize which will diminish the depth of the A horizon over time. Keeping that soil covered will reduce wind erosion and oxidation of the humus. Eventually you'll be left with sand. Protect that soil as best you can. You'll have little fertility issues.
Here's the funny part: If you did add a whole bunch of wood chips all at once, that's ok too.
For those leaves: leaf mold. I can't say enough good about it. For me, it's an absolute must have. Try it. You'll be sold.
The horse manure gives me pause.
Matt Hunter wrote: If I get some random mushrooms popping up I would like to be able to eat them or use them to inoculate logs. Any thoughts?
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