Tyler Ludens wrote: . . . you run the risk of having a bunch of divots in the yard when the material rots down.
Tyler Ludens wrote: Holes or trenches should be constructed 6 to 18 inches away from the base of newly planted trees, 12 to 15 inches deep, and 1 to 2 feet wide.
I forgot about that one. Thanks.
M Troyka wrote:Personally, I wouldn't use granite dust since it's twice as high (or worse) in radioactive stuff than other kinds of rocks. Granite is the stuff that leaks radon into people's homes and such.
Plus our water is limey too. I'll leave that out too.
M Troyka wrote:Ground oyster shells are probably unnecessary in SoCal, AFAIK most of the soils that direction are already limey. Also, if you use rock dust, that's got plenty of calcium (and micros) already.
OK, I don't know if I'm being smart or lazy but I'm just doing a hugelmulch. I put down some 8" logs, covered them with wood mulch and goat manure, then I'm going to add a second layer topped with compost. I'll plant a few N-fixing plants and then I'll let the crawlies do the digging for me.
M Troyka wrote:If you've already got raised beds, you might consider laying logs down next to them and then raking the dirt over them with a garden rake. Diatomaceous earth can also hold a lot of water (and air, too), although given how dry it can get in Cali it may still need some extra help (ie rainwater collection and drip irrigation).
I wouldn't pull out the posthole digger unless you intend on planting new trees. Nothing beats digging out a taproot hole and filling it with lots of goodies for planting new trees, though.
greg patrick wrote:OK, I don't know if I'm being smart or lazy but I'm just doing a hugelmulch. I put down some 8" logs, covered them with wood mulch and goat manure, then I'm going to add a second layer topped with compost. I'll plant a few N-fixing plants and then I'll let the crawlies do the digging for me.
I have never tried ollas but they look like they might work for me. I'll have to make a few and see how they work. Great idea!
chrissy bauman wrote:composted organic matter and ollas, maybe?
Brenda Groth wrote:i have actually heard this used as a suggestion for poor lawns, to go around and drive sticks or stakes into the soil all over the lawn to hold moisture..so I don't see why it wouldn't work in the gardens..i have also heard of several people doing vertical hugelkulture where they bury the wood in up and down instead of sideways, hoping it will wick moisture up..my only problem with this is to keep the top of the wood covered so the moisture doesn't just wick away into the air and evaporate..
let us know how it works out