June 20, 2015 - East of Hyannis - KneeKnacker

Mining for dirt

When you're on the Baden Powell, finding dirt and rocks can seem challenging when all you see are trees, ferns and mossy soil. So where do you find dirt and rocks? Look for large, dead stumps or overturned root balls on fallen trees.

As evergreens are shallow rooted and we live in a glaciated zone, only the top 6cm-20cm of dirt is organic. Below that level you'll find mineral soil (inorganic) and rocks. So dig around the stump or deadfall--be careful not to dig close to a live tree--to get your pay-dirt.

Additioanl note, your mine should be located well off the trail to reduce the risk of a person or pet falling into it.