[NAFEX] manure,heavy soil

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Sep 1 23:46:42 EDT 2006

Manure won't do a lot, but organic matter will help, though your best 
results will be using it as mulch.  Soil microflora and fauna will take 
it into the soil and their channels will will open the soil.  It may 
take a while, though, depending on the state of the soil.  A quick fix 
(for a while) is a heavy application of lime.  Calcium makes the clay 
particles flocculate (clump up) and helps open the soil.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Sep 1, 2006, at 6:47 PM, jerry sietsema wrote:

Greetings,Anyone have ideas on helping heavy soils drain better with 
manure applications?I have tiling 40 feet apart on heavy clay soil.My 
trees are still slowly dying.In the summer the ground gets like 
concrete and when it is wet the tractor gets stuck.I have my rows on 
raised beds but they seem to level out after about 5 years.I do some 
sub-soiling also.Will the manure help break apart the clay particles 
and allow more drainage?I think my % organic is o.k. but I see alot of 
red clay showing thru in several spots.It is hard to move the tiling 
over  once it is buried.          thanks ,skip s zone 
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