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Posted by ChickenCoupe 7a ( on
Fri, Oct 25, 13 at 14:23

thanks to TXEB for soil test suggestions! It's perfect but a little lacking in nitro for plants that hog it. Just couldn't ask for a better soil result. Note: I feel I was getting ready to actually dESTROY my soil by making wood chip plans.

Husband dropped an i-beam on his foot setting us back financially for a week. A week later, his boss fires him. Nice, huh?

So, we can forget all those wood chips I wanted to buy. Here's my question:

Do I wait until the ground thaws just before spring and carefully remove the top surface of grass and weeds?

I don't want to destroy what's there. What I have to work with:

About 75 lbs of worm compost
About 100 lbs of well-rotted rabbit poo
Limited amounts of used Alfalfa hay (rabbits)

Based on the other post, the suggestion was to pop the surface. First, add any available done compost. Second, add rabbit poo. Third, cover well even if only cardboard.

Realistically, I cannot get to all of the area this fall, but I will do as much as I can if it is still better to prep it ahead of time.

Seriously, decent soil confuses me since I've spent so much time reading about amending bad soil.

I have clay soil, btw.


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Soil Results!

Even if you have good soil minerals, ph, etc, you likely will want to improve its other qualities. Organic amendments are great.

RE: Soil Results!

you dont have to "pop" the surface....just lay down cardboard and add your manure and castings on top. The cardboard will kill the grass underneath. This will save you alot of work. I removed grass by hand once and it took the whole day just to do a small area. Look into lasagna garden.

RE: Soil Results!

Cardboard, and newspaper, will always need to be covered with something to hold them in place. My preference has always been to put the cardboard, or newspaper, down and cover it with the compost/manure/straw/hay/ grass clippings/ shredded leaves or what ever else I might have so the paper does not get blown away by the wind.

RE: Soil Results!

Thanks! I considered this wisdom after I became overwhelmed. And my soil is clay making it quite tedious. Using a layering system softens it, at least.

Can anyone help me with my soil test results?

Some of these numbers seem high? I don't really know. I was just checking on the needs of individual veggie plants and noticed these high numbers:

Calcium 9,370 lbs per acre
Magnesium 919 lbs per acre
Fe (ppm) 40.3
Zn (ppm) 41.1

I'm wondering about potential toxicity? This is in an area of ground with erosion issues. Everything flushes into this area.

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