Caren Pilz

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a few brave bind weeds and thistles, so that is something.  I just cave the dark crumbly soil teeming with life.  so pumpkins it is then, i will give that a try
8 months ago
So I did all the things, 6 inches of compost and about the same of wood chips lightly dug in and left for a year.  Dug into it to plant and it was like some sort of horror show still.  The clay was perhaps a little darker but still either dry dust or solid concrete like chunks.  The wood chips looked more mummified than starting to decompose.  So what should I do next?  Compost tea?  Worms? keep on with the compost and wood chips and hope fo a miracle?  Could it be that the previous owners did too much weed killer?  Any help would be appreciated
8 months ago
ph 8.5 (added elemental sulphur)
Electrical conductivity (salts) 1.4 mmhos/cm is low
Lime is 2 to 5% is high
organic material 2.5% woefully low (added compost and now 4 to 6 inches wood chips)
Nitrate 6ppm is low (added blood meal)
Phosphorus 7.8 ppm is low (added bone meal)
Potassium 416.4 ppm is high
Zinc .9ppm is low (added rock dust)
Iron 17.6 ppm is adequate
Manganese 3.3 ppm is adequate
Copper 2.2 ppm is adequate
Boron .5 ppm is high

You guys are awesome to help out!
3 years ago
Colorado Clay; slimy when wet and cracked when dry

So would all ya'll suggest inoculation with mycorriza or compost tea *prior* to adding 6 inches of wood chips?  Was thinking about inoculating and then spraying with milk/molasses before I added the wood chips.  Or just spread the wood chips and let nature have its way?

Have already had the soil tested and added amendments (rock dust for minerals, sulphur for the extremely high PH of 8.4, blood meal and beet shreds)
3 years ago