re:tom godfrey and 1st garden
to help with all that clay first compost the horse manure. "green manure" will
burn your plants. too much nitro. you will need to incorporate other vegetable
matter into the compost. any uncooked fruits and veggie peelings, coffee
grounds, newspaper shreaded (check for toxic ink first - soy ink is safe) egg
shells all are good things to incorporate. do not put in any kink of meat or
cooked foods. rats and mice will visit you with a vengence. as well as
opposums raccoons and other scavengers.
you will need to add sand, fine gravel will do, but, sand is the best.
this will help with drainage. if you have too much iron in the soil, it can
tie up other minerals. this can lead to deficiencies for good plant growth.
the library is an excellent source for plants and trees. your local extension
office should carry info. after all, they are likely funded by your tax $ and
need to be utilized.
for shrubs and trees, i highly recommend using native plants. they take the
least care, probably the cheapest, and are most likely to survive.
your composting will probably be a year round thing. here in iowa, composting
just doesn't happen in the winter months. you will probably need more compost
than i would here. we have ample rain and nice topsoil.
use a ratio of 1/3 compost to 1/3 clay to 1/3 sand.
wish you luck
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