I have two areas that I will be gardening in this year. The first area is an old round ring for horse training that has had about 2 yards of manure placed on it several years ago. It grows weeds really well, and is pretty soft. This year, we will grow tomatoes there. We just placed about 6 yards of pine mulch on it 2-3 inches deep. The rest of the garden has had manure/straw placed on it for 3 years but is still very hard (high concentration of clay). This area has had chickens and fall leaves placed on it since last fall, but the leaves are not broken down yet. I want to introduce fungi, and will be exclusively using compost tea. I have access to forest litter from a property we own, but is in a high mountain region and we are in a low semi arid area. The main garden did not produce well last year, and we hope to produce all of our produce this year from seed. The main garden used to be a parking lot in the past, so we have a lot of round 2" rock in areas of the garden and is high % of clay. I want to move toward low/no till.
Any suggestions as to ways to improve our soil health and productivity?