I've found pH charts and disease charts, but I want to know what growing best in what soil type, clay leaning or sand leaning. I did a quick search and found nothing so I thought this a good Permies thing. As gardeners, we know some things love clay, some love sand, some don't care. Some don't care, but you care when you try to harvest them. So let's chart this (if it's not already done). I will put down what I think from my experience and research. As always, results may vary and corrections/additional insights are welcome. And, yes, organic matter can mitigate any soil type, but not all of us have the luxury of starting out with that ability.
I just also learned yesterday peppers like loose, high organic matter soil, so do melons. Bushel gourd thrived in my heavy clay and on my fruittrees. It tried to go for the neighbor's roof too.
I think I remember radishes and many brassicas are kind of first generation colonizers, so maybe they are ok with heavy clay, but I think they do better with softer soil because they do have tap roots. Tomatoes like high organic matter, but do just fine in heavy clay. I'm on my phone, so I don't know if these are repeats. French sorrel is fine with clay or looser. My snap peas seem to have no preference. Berries seem to have no problem.
Yeah, rhubarb seems happier with sandier. I have one alive here, but on a mound. When I worked in Sandy soils I went from one to 3 in like a year. Horse radish, despite it's big root, loves heavy clay... Or anything really.
I grew parsnip in heavy clay. Huge happy beautiful roots, lots of work to get them though!
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