First of all I'm new to this site. Much respect to Jim Wheaton for this site. Really nice effort!
As with most forum posts I always wonder if I'm reposting something that's already been posted but I coudn't find anything so if there is something that's already been posted regarding this then please point me to that and I'll take a look.
I've recently purchased land and it's quite rocky (granite). The soil is good. It's pretty much loamy / sandy soil. I am finding, however that the soil is quite shallow in alot of places. There are lots of young oak trees growing everywhere (there was a fire that wiped out what was here about 5-6 years ago I was told) and they grow especially well amongst the rocks but I don't really know how deep they are going with the roots. I mention this because I've recently started planting fruit trees. Now, with things like almonds, figs, hazelnuts and the more hardier types of trees I don't mind, but I've been trying to find a suitable place for the cherry tree, which could do with a more moist place and when I find areas that are more moist than others I usually only get about 1 foot deep before hitting rock. I'm not sure if cherry could deal with this or whether perhaps I should consider trying to build up a kind of hugelkulture mound / plateau and plant on top of that? Could that be a suitable option and would it be necessary?
Any ideas would be welcome.
Many kind regards and thanks in advance.