r ranson wrote: ...
The first step is to transform this dirt into soil.
I'm feeling bad about starting a no-till with a rototiller. I did try it without first. I'm also reading a lot of permaculture design books right now and they all seem to start with earthworks. Earthworks disturb the soil. But it's just done once.
The second step will be to seed and scythe. With luck, something will grow and come fall, I can spread a fall cover crop mix on the area and scythe down whatever grew this spring. If I'm lucky, the soil will be somewhat repaired by this time next year and I can grow something edible on it (I'm hoping chickpeas and/or oats) but it might take another year. But at least my chicken is fertilising while she's digging up my seed.
r ranson wrote:It's gone terribly. The seeds germinate and then grow about an inch, then nothing. It's like they only had enough internal energy to grow that high. There's not enough neglect to kill them, but there's nothing there to help them grow.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:I gave your plot some more thought over this weekend and I may have come up with an easy to do setup that will get you to the point of plants growing.
Let me know if you want the step by step setup to try out R.