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Y Yusuf
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Hello

Im thinking of buying this land to start my permaculture project. Its about 4 acres. There are two what I believe are check dams on the top side of the property and bottom.
The soil in the middle of the land has deep cracks in it. Can you please help me identify this soil type and advise me on what its good for and what it isnt.

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Y Yusuf
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Check dam at the top of the land.
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Hello Y, can you do me a favor? Take a glass jar, it doesn't have to be to big. Scoop up some of the soil , and fill the jar about 1/3rd full. Then add water and shake it up so that the soil is mixed nicely with the water. Then let it set for several hours without moving it. You should see layers forming. The heavier sand will fall out first and then clay and then silt. Take a picture of the resulting jar with layers, and post it for us.

If you think that you have different soil types in different areas, you can do this with each area.

Here is another thread to show what I am after.

http://www.permies.com/t/34424/soil/mason-jar-soil-tests
 
Y Yusuf
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Hey

I already had some brewing. Here are the results after 12 hours.
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Y Yusuf
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The sample was taken from where the cracks are.

To me it looks like a silty clay soil. Right? Pretty fertile soil but can get waterlogged as far as I know.

Seems like water has been colecting on parts of the land in rainy times. It looks like in places that the tractor has had a hard time tilling the soil in places.

Do you think it's best to build a dam in these spots? How easy would that be?

Thanks again
 
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