Abraham Palma wrote:I don't know too much about manures, but half an acre (2000m2) sounds like a lot of terrain for a domestic garden. Unless you are really into farming or you have tons of spare time, I would rather work on a few beds and let the rest of the terrain fallow.
For the beds, I would use some mature manure, yes, since I'd like to start growing things right now. Also some ashes for the extra potassium. I agree with Bronson, a good plot will produce more biomass and will keep you motivated, this matters.
For the rest of the terrain I'd take it easy. If the pH is high, it might just be caused by the lack of organic matter in the soil. You already have clover, add some cereal and let the combination produce vegetal fibers, cutting them before they flower and seeding again: it's ok to keep a few seeds for seeding again next year, but if you let the cereal grow to seed it will deplete your soil. Clover will fix nitrogen in the soil, the cereal will use it for extra organic matter and once it decomposes you'll have an extra tiny layer of mulch. Grow clovers again (saving some seeds if necessary) and repeat until the pH is right.
Peggy Gallaher wrote:Have you considered rotating ducks on your property? They provide great fertilizer that is safe instantly from what I have learned. We're getting some for this purpose (and for eggs & entertainment) for the hugel garden and orchard we're building/growing. With temporary fencing you can move them around the property. We're getting an Anatolian Shepherd to watch over them.