Borislav Iliev wrote:Hello!
My experience with grafted trees that people sell here is really negative, they grow really slowly, they invest too much into fruit very early and that cost them a lot, also they grow in really strange shapes, like they dont know what they are doing, I water regularly and have put some effort in improving the soil, but these trees kind of dont appreciate all that.
On a contrary I have trees that I have started from a seed or I have collected small plants under some trees, at first I grow them in containers and then I plant them when they are tall enough(like above 60 cm) to be able to survive the shading of other plants. They grow much better and know exactly what they are doing!
Sure some may not end up that edible, but I have planted many and I will remove some later, its not that big of a problem since they cost me almost nothing.
Maybe you can try planting some of the nut trees directly where you need them and see what happens, it will cost you almost nothing in money and labor, and it will be a good experiment.
Try different species and varieties and strategies, sometimes it is really amazing how nature works in a very different ways than what we imagine in our heads, so stay open minded for all options.
Chris Kott wrote:It sounds to me like you might want to add some gypsum grit to your clay.
Perhaps choose out a section that becomes dessicated first, and when this happens, add gypsum grit to the top so that it falls into the cracks. You can also fork it in.
If, as I suspect, there is a calcium deficiency, that will be the cause of your cement-when-dry clay soil, and the gypsum will fix that without unduly affecting your pH.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
You can also use fungi infused wood chips for mulch to prevent moisture loss and the fungi will be available to work on the clay and organic materials.