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I'm looking at buying land which has existing well drilled.
The drill report says the 0 to 1ft is Top soil.
1ft to 40ft is white rock??!!

Will I have problems growing trees here?

Thanks in advance!
 
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I can’t speak for your own place and conditions, but much of my food growing area has only 6 inches of soil. So I’d say that it all depends upon your climate conditions and your gardening methods. I grow almost all of our own food plus excess to trade, sell, and giveaway. For long rooted crops like carrots and daikon, I use container boxes.
 
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Look around the area, if there are limited trees and vegetion that will give you a good idea of what is happening.
then you need to think about what you want to do with the place.
 
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What type of white rock? we have between 1ft and about 4ft of topsoil before chalk.  (the closest test bore is just off our land (6ft off) and shows 30cm earth then 50m chalk.) it isn't a problem in fact it is an advantage as the chalk acts as a huge sponge water reservoir. The only time I really notice is when I want to put a post in and it's really hard and when the post is taken out it's white, or if the renters plough goes too deep and turns over a load of chalk/flint. As John says look at what's growing there naturally if that's doing fine then your plants will to, if it seems to be struggling then you will also struggle.

The only time I swear at it is when I try to pull parsnips. they have long enough roots to get into the chalk and then they cling on and I have to break the tips off to get them out!
 
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If this were my land, I would concentrate on building up the topsoil using compost and leaf mold.

Here is the list of Dr Redhawks soil series:

https://permies.com/wiki/redhawk-soil

This will have everything a person will need to know about soil.

I added your question to our soil forum and our plants forum which might get your topic more attention.

Best wishes!
 
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This sounds like an outstanding place to use raised beds.

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Some other things to consider include how hard will it be to set fence posts, dig a foundation, get the land to perc if you need a septic field, etc...

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