Caleb Larson wrote:
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Brenda Groth wrote:
there are some fruit trees that really like gravelly soil..such as peach family and pear family.
I'm not seeing any green matter added to your compost pile there...
you need to establish a small grass area to mow and add fresh
clippings to that pile. Maybe around your fruit trees you can grow
some green matter.
Mark Vander Meer wrote:
• Plant alder to ameliorate site conditions. Alder in an N fixer. It thrives in a low nutrient environment. Other plants co-planted with alder do much better. Not due to alder N fixing, but increases in relative humidity and wind protection and soil organic additions.
• Know where the ground water is and where the capillary break is, then, using soil fines, organics, or commercial products, create bulge in the capillary fringe that brings water into the active root zone. Buried wood might work in this capacity.
• Plant cottonwood, it can reach ground water, bring this water to the surface, and exude water into the upper soil horizons (hydrologic lift). A good way to boot-strap an ecosystem. This really works. It is important to use cottonwood grown from seed, rather than from cuttings. The root structure and vigor is much better from seed-grown.
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