last year, i spent quite some time working on the rich, but very hard soil in my garden at the end of the season. I added three bags of cow manure, four wheelbarrows of VERY dirty chicken litter (maybe i should clean the coop more often :haha: ) and three bales (really big, compressed bags, 40 lbs dry) of peat moss to my 14X21 foot garden. the results were AWESOME!!! the worms had come in to digest the pine shavings in the chicken litter, as there are almost no remnants of them and i found four in a couple strokes with a rake. there are worm castings all over the place, and when i till it all through (i did a small tiny area with the rake, the soil looks sooo rich and loamy and cushiony!!! I think i wont plastic mulch this year, i'll get some weeding tool instead. I just feel like i cant loosen up the soil with all that plastic on top and it gets so hard with me walking on it all year. just wanted to share my excitement!! i think i'll add the chicken manure again next year... i add so much stuff every year that i'm gonna have to empty it all out again how's your soil look this year?