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Question on ammending the soil for my poppy garden


First of all let me say it's great to be on these forums. Everyone here seems really helpful and friendly, and I look forward to becoming an active member of this community. 

I am preparing a space out behind my house for my poppy garden which I am going to sow early this coming Spring. I live in southwest Colorado, so it snows and freezes here. The dirt in the rocky mountains is dry and red and full of iron, I assume. However, I am completely new to gardening and although from what I have read poppies can thrive in either acidic or basic soil environments, it would be great to have some expert advice on how I should exactly amend this soil. Righ now I may truck in many bags on Miracle Grow garden soil (I assume they will do great in that), but beyond adding maybe cow manure and perlite to the soil you see in the pictures, don't know how else I should amend it. 

Thanks a lot for taking the time to help me out, and hopefully in Spring, I have the ground all ready and can sow the ground for some large beautiful poppies!

Thank you, have a great day gardening you guys. I certainly will once I know how I should treat this rocky dry soil! See pictures. 



Last edited: 22 September 2017 21:44:04


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    What kind of poppies are you thinking of growing? annual poppies, perennial (Oriental) poppies or Californian poppies (Eschscholzia)? The latter I think would do really well in your soil without too much prep and self seed around.

    We are UK based so may not supply the best advice!!

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