If you have room in your yard for a pile of leaves and some grass clippings, you can make your own “black gold”. The beauty of compost dirt is that it contains organic nutrients to naturally fertilize your gardens and lawn and it costs nothing to make.
The top photo shows the top of my compost pile. I use a combination of 3/4 leaves and 1/4 grass clippings (pesticide and chemical free especially if you will be using the compost in a vegetable garden.) If the leaves are mulched, the composting process will go faster, but I don’t mulch my leaves (my lawn mower didn’t like it.) Mix in grass clippings from every other mowing (leave your grass clippings on your lawn otherwise). Every once in a while turn over the leaves. And wait.
The bottom photo shows what I dug up from under my pile – the “black gold”. The longer you have your pile, the more worms you will see and that is GOOD for your compost dirt. If you like to fish or have a neighbor who fishes and uses worms, they will like your compost pile.
Anyway, this rich dirt can be used to spread around your gardens, sprinkle on your lawn, sprinkle on the patches of grass seed in your lawn, plant your vegetables or perennials.