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I have been reading, listening and learning about permaculture for a number of years and recently moved out of the city (in my case, Madrid - Spain) into the mountainside. We live on a modest plot of 0.25 acres, although large by Spanish suburban standards and behind the house is a protected nature reserve.

I have hopes of creating a mini-food forest and growing a portion of our own produce. We are getting some chickens in the spring and preparing compost to improve the soil.

The main concern I have is that the land here is very clay-heavy and has a ton of rocks (see pictures). In fact, for a large chunk of the plot once you get past a shallow earth layer, it is all just rock. Other than cry for a while and then move, does anyone have any suggestions on how to work with this site? I am thinking about just doing alot of soil-building up there as if it were urban.
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very clay-heavy
very clay-heavy
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has a ton of rocks
has a ton of rocks
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a large chunk of the plot once you get past a shallow earth layer, it is all just rock
a large chunk of the plot once you get past a shallow earth layer, it is all just rock
 
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Do not despair! The trees in the background of the bottom photo is proof you can grow a mini food forest! Hugelkultures/swales will probably get the ball rolling quicker than just planting trees. Watch Geoff Lawton's video.
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