[Market-farming] Cloddy soil
art at complum.com
Tue May 27 19:56:12 EDT 2003
On Tuesday 27 May 2003 19:27, Marie Kamphefner wrote:
> and everywhere else, it's soft and easy to work with. This soil was the
> sheep pen for several years and we've just been growing clover and
> orchard grass in there. Haven't been any sheep in there for a couple of
Marie, I have my share of clods, between mistakes and a 16-year old son who
loves farming and isn't as patient as he could be...
I'm still trying to make all the pieces fit between reading about soil
fertility, what my Dad told me 40 years ago and what I've observed over the
Your mulch is probably going to do a lot towards revitalizing the soil. I
suspect that there was some soil compaction from the sheep, and that's why it
didn't drain as well as other spots. Does that still fit the facts ?
There may also be a layer of uncomposted manure and bedding that is preventing
soil drainage. A little deep tillage after the tomatoes and a cover crop to
get it all working again, and you should be back in business.
It should be a great spot for lettuce next year. We planted potatoes where the
old barn used to be. They grew five feet tall, and dropped instantly. Not a
spud to be found...
I still hear Dad talking about clods on our hills, saying it would be 50 years
before they all disappeared. I suppose the farm will survive me and my son,
I'm reading a great book called Weeds - Control without Poison. It talks about
soil fertility a lot, and it's making an awful lot of sense based on
observation and "Dad's way". I'm going to try it out in a few places this
In your case, I think it predicts a pH imbalance; for compaction, it would
predict weeds like field mustard, horse nettle, morning glory, quackgrass and
chamomile; for an undecayed organic layer, it would predict buttonweeds and
Sorry to use you as a guinea pig!
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