[NAFEX] "poor soil"

David Consolvo fruitopia at nexet.net
Sat Aug 28 17:56:41 EDT 2004

Thanks for that observation.  I've been observing much the same.  My soil is
a nice dark sandy loam, which is great for mature fruit trees with deep
roots, but which seemed to me limiting for grass and annual garden plants.
However, the last two Springs and Summers have provided steady moisture
throughout the seasons, and during these two years it has amazed me how well
plants such as grass, basil, and tomatoes have grown steadily throughout the
growing seasons.  I used to pooh-pooh advocates of irrigation/watering after
only a week or two of no rain, but I can no longer do so, at least with a
sandy loam soil.

David Consolvo
Hungrytown, Virginia
1,250 feet elevation
Zone 7

> From: "tanis cuff" <tanistanis at hotmail.com>
> Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 18:03:35 +0000
> To: dane-mg-list at lists.uwex.edu
> Cc: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [NAFEX] "poor soil"
> I've been sending posts about observations on how plants grow in my poor
> soil which effectively turns my z5 area into a z4 microclimate.  After this
> year of uncommonly regular and ample rainfall, I have to admit my soil ain't
> so bad.  It's sandy loam/ loamy sand, but with enough rainfall it can
> produce 6' tall catnip plants!  Similar growth on other weeds, and
> occasionally on desireable plants.  My limiting factor is moisture, not
> nutrients.
> tc
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