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    In June I will be removing the organic layer in the area my cabin will sit. Is this material good to keep to use in my garden? I have been told that many people get rid of it but I wonder if it is useful. My concern is that the trees are all pine so I wonder about the ability to grow in it. I will be building a greenhouse and would be able to mix other material with it if I need to.

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    A simple PH test would help you determine that. Also, call your local extension service and discuss it with them.
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    most likely it is acidic (evergreens love acidic soil) and will require a bit of lime to neutralize for gardening...as bkmail mentioned, ph test it. The ph should neutralize somewhat after normal composting with other household ingredients (fruit/vegtable peelings, egg shells, shellfish waste, coffee grounds, tea bags, etc.).

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