Thanks for the tips! I'm afraid that commercial soil tests are going to have to wait till next year: we've *just* gotten the place (we actually don't take occupancy till August, but the previous owners said we could put in our garden before they move out), and after the purchase, repairs, getting fencing and stock, etc, soil tets don't fit our economy at the moment. I've done a jar test (about 2/3 silt, 1/3 clay, no noticeable sand at all), and if I can ever remember to bring the distilled water with us when we go over to plant, I can test the pH, and when we get access to the house, I can do a basic soil organic matter check, but that's going to have to do for now. It really sounds like planting daikon is going to be the way to go, at least in the beds we haven't planted yet. When it comes to the beds that *are* planted, I'm thinking of sowing the daikon into places where either things didn't come up, or where I've harvested. Are there any plants, other than legumes, that wouldn't do well with daikon as a neighbour?
and manure are *definitely* both in the plans
for the future: it's just that at this point we don't have any of either of them, and we *do* have the grass, so we've used that
Fortunately, slugs aren't a problem up as far north as we are- though they seem to be moving north a bit every year, so we'll see how long that holds true... We've only put in about 100 square meters this year, so keeping that mulched shouldn't be too much of a problem, and next year we 'll have compost
and, hopefully, manure to work with, so we'll be able to expand things some.
Again, thank ye for the advice!