Win a copy of Permaculture Design Companion this week in the Permaculture Design forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Working soil in wet conditions

Posts: 27
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I know conventional wisdom says not to plow etc when the soil is wet. I just moved onto new acreage and am itching to keyline it, I've had the opportunity to observe it for long enough, and know where I'll be placing everything. Should I wait till may/June for the soil to dry out or if I make the swales and mulch will the soil recover?
Posts: 696
Location: Porter, Indiana
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Working wet clay is not ideal, but perfect is the enemy of the good. If you have the time/motivation right now to make swales right now, go for it.

I'm about 3 hours north of you in Lafayette, Indiana and have been transplanting fruit trees to/from wet clay for the past couple weeks. Digging in wet soil is pretty miserable, but I won't have time in the Spring, so it's better than the alternative of leaving 50-something full sized plum trees to grow at 1 foot spacings in my front yard.
Mo-om! You're embarassing me! Can you just read a tiny ad like a normal person?
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!