I love permies.com
. Just had to say that! That said, I am about to pull my hair out if someone can't tell me what is up with my soil. My soil acts like clay looks like clay and passes every single test like clay except the shake test, water and soil in jar. When I put it in the water, all of it settles to the bottom in 15 minutes or less. but I've done the worm test, the drop test, and every test I could think of and it always passes. The other problem that I have is my soil is loaded with slate. I mean loaded. If I dig more than a 1 1/2' I hit a solid slab of slate, and all my soil is loaded with little chips of this junk. I am really interested in making cob for many different projects but am unsure as to whether or not my soil can be used. What can I do?