Nancy Reading wrote:Hi Mark,
I've added your thread to a few extra forums - including "soil" since that seems to be a theme for you!
Clay soil of course can be great - holds on to nutrients and water well, you might consider using fodder radish to do some of your digging for you like Alan: https://permies.com/t/170716/Daikon-Radish-Clay-Layer#1340409
More suggestions for you:
Looking forwards to hearing your progress
John Suavecito wrote:You are entering a great adventure, Mark.
I"ve been doing this for about 20 years. I find that I get focused on one particular thing due to what's going on in my garden, like compost tea, biochar, lasagna gardening, raised beds, hugulkultur, biodynamic approaches, permaculture, exotic fruit, etc, then incorporate them into my quiver and add one more, but keep them. Permies.com is a great place to share ideas with others. There are so many experienced and knowledgeable people here!
It's good to hear from another person in the suburbs. Most Americans live in the suburbs, and if we're going to turn our country (and our world) into a better direction, we need to be a part of it.
John Suavecito wrote:I think you're using the right approach, Mark Compost tea is great, but it is for specific uses. I think you would get more out of it after some time adding organic material. The research on it is very mixed, because it is just too complex of a process. Even Elaine Ingham has changed how she makes it over the years. If they had followed some of her early attempts, they should have been convinced that it doesn't work.
We had the same soil situation: thick clay, soaked in pesticides and fertilizers, with sod on top. It's taken a few years, but we have good soil now, and it was almost all just due to adding wood chips over time. Now that I have a food forest, the diverse leaves add organic material. The soil now drains enough that complex webs of life can grow and breathe. The tree roots have been giving off their exudates for years, setting up complex and resilient mycorrhizal relationships in the soil.
Every year will be a fun, surprising adventure. You will notice all kinds of cool experiences all the way to a sustainable bounty of harvests. And you're inspiring other people to join in as well.
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