I keep having this tune running through my head but it was, absolutely nothing. By the book, dirt has no nutrients and soil is rich in nutrients. Most every gardener knows or has heard of hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics. These methods grow plants without soil. The first time I saw an aeroponic operation was at Epcot Center in Disney World. The plants were suspended on a moving conveyor that ran in a loop. The root system was exposed and was sprayed with the nutrition they needed at certain points within the loop. The operation and plants were a sight to behold. They were the most gigantic vegetable plants and root systems I have ever seen.
While some gardens with the hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics methods, most grow in soil. You can garden in the dirt but it must be amended to get the most yield. Before you start making a list of amendments that are needed, take a good (honest) look at what you are going to amend. What we have in our black clay is different than what is in the red clay of East Texas and the old duck poop in Houston. Remember that no matter the type of soil or area of the planet, it is deficient in some nutrients. Over time all soil will become sterile and that’s where amendments become the difference between success and failure.
The most common soil amendments in our area include compost, topsoil, peat moss, hamate, molasses, lava, and green sand, sulfur, manures, vermiculite, azomite, gypsum, and mulch.
By the way, all of these are available at Wells Brothers!