Nicole Alderman wrote:(This is a list of--hopefully--all of Bryant RedHawk's awesome threads about soil microbiology. I made it a wiki that can be edited so that new threads can be added and hopefully short summaries of each thread will be next to the link for easy reference. I plan on putting a link to this thread on each thread so it's easy to find other's in the series.)
Bryant RedHawk's Epic Soil Series
What We Need to Know about SoilIs it dirt or is it soil? how to know what you're starting with so you can make it what you want it to become.
The Quest for Super SoilHow to do it for soil building, nature uses diversity (multiple methods) we should too.
What does Complete Soil do for the planet? Vitamins for Plants Settling the Dust around Biodynamic Applications Redhawk's Methods of Making the Biodynamic PreparationsThis thread goes into details on how to easily, and with just a few resources, make make preparations that increase certain types of soil mycrobiology to help specific types of plants' thrive
Getting the Biology We Want into Our Soil The wonderful world of water, soil and plants Water, how does it work for us, how does it work with soil and plants Nature's Internet How Plants talk to each other and the rest of their world personal research Redhawk's current research
Bacteri-Fungi and Nematodes Oh My! Examination of Accepted Soil Testing Proceedures Using a Microscope to improve your soil Let's talk about soil minerals Can we make Soil like Nature Does? The book unfolds here Things to know about compost how the soil food web works Improving clay soil fast and almost easy
Mike Barkley wrote:Jason, Tennessee Red Valencia peanuts grows directly in our clay soils. No digging required except a hole big enough for each peanut to be planted. According to the UT agriculture department website only that one variety will grow here. I have had great success using those peanuts (& wood chips) to help improve the soil. They taste great too.
Mike Barkley wrote:No real need to flip the sod. Just poke a hole with a stick or something & drop a peanut in. Crumble the shell a bit. Spaced about a foot apart. It probably wouldn't hurt to flip sod & loosen the soil first. Not necessary though.
If you leave some in the ground at harvest time they will reappear the following year.
Trace Oswald wrote:I wouldn't mix anything. I would cover the entire area with wood chips as deep as possible. If you have lawn clippings and other organic materials, you can compost them and when they are ready, just add the compost to the top, or open holes in the wood chips, fill with compost, and plant in them. You have a great resource and you're very lucky to have the wood chips available. A great video that goes into all the details is the "Back to Eden" movie. It's free to watch and had really great information that can answer all your questions.
Jason Barnes wrote:I have an area of about 1200 sq ft that I would like to turn into a garden plot. It is about 20 feet from the south facing side of my house. The soil on my property is very heavy red clay. Just a few inches down it is pure enough clay that I could probably throw it on a wheel and make pottery out of it. That said, the grass over the almost 2 acres grows very well. I'm in zone 7a in Middle Tennessee.
I also have a friend who does tree cutting/trimming from whom I can get truckloads of wood chips. I have been watching youtube videos about mulching with wood chips and composting wood chips. I understand a little about carbon/nitrogen ratios. The current plan is to get a load of wood chips dumped in the growing area, and mix them together with lawn clippings to form a berm about 3 feet high and wide, flip it once or twice, and spread it out about a foot deep when it looks like compost. Then maybe add a few inches of wood chips on top of that, and just keep doing that until the area is covered.
Does that sound like a good plan, or is there something better I could do with these resources?