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So I am planting Hardy Kiwi and this is what I found  RSS feed

 
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my soil is 5 inches of mostly clay and below that is sandy soil... 15 inches and could be as much as 3'.

I know that the kiwi needs good drainage but is this too much?... should I ammend the sandy soil and if so how deep and how far out from the main vine?

I have read also that the male should not be planted near the female...." near" was never clearly defined

thanks for all your help...

Greg
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https://indianaberry.com/info_kiwi_variety.php - plants should be 10 Ft apart and a 6 inch ridge can be made for soils that consist of clay
 
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We planted this along our garden fence 20 years ago and have regretted it ever since. We did transplant it far far away and thought it was gone but after 5 or so years it seems to have made a comeback.
 
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Cj, why do you regret planting it?
 
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It's very aggressive. Looked like it would take over the whole garden if we didn't remove it.
 
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I did not get fruit in the ones by the garden but we did get fruit on the ones we moved. They weren't particularly tasty and they were out of reach because they had climbed up a Maple. I do feel like maybe I need to experiment with it more. Will the livestock eat the leaves? Will they eat the fruit? I think I gave some to the pig who did not go nuts for it.
 
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Thank you Cloey for the Indianaberry PDF that was one I hadn't seen... and I've seen and read loads.

So yesterday we had a significant downpour in my area in excess of 1/2" so I went to the hole I dug and the sand was dry dry dry... the water cruises through that sand fast.

today I laid out my locations for planting @ 16' o.c.. Then removed the lawn/weed from a 3' x 3' area in each spot I will plant. I mixed the clay/topsoil with the sand to a depth of 15". I then added about 2 cubic feet of my garden soil of compost/ perlite/ coffee rounds/ topsoil/ peat moss ( it has been left on a tarp with no growth of weed or grass over the last month) and mixed that in the top 6 - 8 inches. I will now cover it with black plastic for a week... just to help kill any seed in the ground and to let it settle. I watered it well and still looks like the water is racing to the bottom.

I mounded the soil so it is about a 4-6 in mound.

Next is to set the stake and build 3'x3' perimeter enclosure with 1/2 " hardware cloth and screen on top to keep the deer. birds etc away

Next week I will plant.

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