sheila reavill wrote:We have Black Locust and Hackberry trees that are about seventy years old. They do great in the Central Valley. The Locust spread very easily, and the hackberry aren't that shy either, but the sprouts are easy to control with a shovel.
sheila reavill wrote:I don't know which kind of Hackberry we have. It's about a hundred years old and very big (about 30 to 50 feet) and too wide around for me to fit my arms around. I heard they grow them in Texas as hedges. Our big Locust is bigger than that and scary 'cause it's old and leaning. There are tiny groves of Locust all around. I love Locust, their big, fat aromarous flowers in the spring, their tendency to cluster in convenient mini forests. The chickens love the shade and jungliness of the young ones, and they eat the leaves too. They are the only things thriving and green in the hot summers and don't mind going without any water. The goats just plain love to eat them. I really don't understand why people don't plant and cherish them all over the place.
Bob Dobbs wrote:I second the "mimosa" (I assume you mean albrizia julibrissin) which isn't really that invasive in clay, and the mesquite, and add acacia, because I'm jealous you can grow acacia well haha. Eucalyptus. As far as annual veggie type things go, I have had good luck with quinoa and lady peas (a type of southern pea) loosening unamended clay soil. It was strange though, it would loosen the soil but without changing the color really or adding much organic matter. My soil is similarly decomposed granite, although I suspect it is much more rain-leached than yours. Which means you probably have a better trace mineral balance than me, and a higher PH.
Alder Burns wrote:One critique of Eucalyptus and some Acacia species in Mediterranean climates is their high flammability. One would want to site them away from and downwind of buildings, and place more fire-resistant trees between....
Alder Burns wrote:In general anything that is aromatic or resinous is going to be flammable.....conifers, eucalypts, and quite a few other evergreen things. Dry, tall grass is a prime problem. Deciduous trees are better, and the more moist they are kept the better. The native oaks are surprisingly resistant....the foliage must scorch before it can start to burn. Often the entire crown can scorch and brown, but dormant buds often leaf back out the following year. A drive through a burn site will provide some interesting observations.
Steve Flanagan wrote:Most of my property around my house is clay soil with degenerated granite, with a lot of bare areas.
I am wondering, based off of personal experience what are the best plants to grow in this condition to help improve the soil?