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View Poll Results: What type of soil do you have most of?
Sandy 8 13.56%
Silty 3 5.08%
Clay 41 69.49%
Peaty 1 1.69%
Saline 0 0%
Loam 3 5.08%
Other - Please post below 3 5.08%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-04-2017, 08:47 PM
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Old 03-05-2017, 05:10 AM
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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Our soil is mostly clay. It is the thin, leached soil of forested areas in the northeast US. Any clearings usually grow rapidly up to brush and straight to forest regeneration.

We have lived here for 3 years. I did not have time to amend the soil. We built raised beds and had screened loam delivered to fill them. The gardens are performing very well. We fertilize liberally with seed meals, ground rock phosphate, greensand, dolomite, and kelp meal. Those are all OMRI-approved.
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Old 03-05-2017, 05:57 AM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Originally Posted by Stripes17 View Post
Crappy clay with lots of rocks and stones working their way up to the surface.

Our home was built on an old horse farm and I learned the developer came in, scraped off the top soil, and sold it thereby leaving the home sites with orange clay.

My home was built on an old cow farm and the builder decided to "fill" the property with rocks underneath garbage soil. I wonder if they did scrap and sell the top of the farm soil. .

And yeah, I always feel like they grow and multiple each year because I'm screening and sifting and yet new ones appear. lol See pics here (2016) .... and here (2015)... and here (2014). Never ending rocks.

Originally Posted by HB2HSV View Post
I live in a previously cotton field. When the builder prep the ground, they bulldozed the top soil off, I am left with clay mixed in with limestones. I amend heavily in my raised beds for vegetables and dug a wide base for each of my fruit trees. I compost my grass clippings and use it to replenish my ammended soil. That seems to work well.
Interesting again. Now I really think they did that here too. I was blaming the Ice Age remnants but now I think I'll blame the builders.

I'm so glad I started composting myself. The town used to give away free compost from all the leaves the town collects in the fall but they stopped that. So now I just collect kitchen scrap, leaves and grass. Been amending for 4 yrs and already seeing better soil results
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Old 03-06-2017, 06:05 PM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Clay over caliche. Very calcareous and a lot of sodium, too. Ph of 8.0. Good for growing weeds, though.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:11 PM
Location: Prescott AZ
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^^^ this. Clay over hard hard caliche. You need a jack hammer to dig a hole in some places in my yard.
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:30 AM
Location: Norwich, UK
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Soil moisture maps of Europe and the US.

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Old 08-22-2017, 09:56 PM
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Mine is clay but it is very rocky since I live uphill.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:03 AM
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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Lava. Pahoehoe and Aa.
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Old 08-26-2017, 01:47 PM
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Default Soil

I moved from dane county WI, where we had beautiful soil. Moved to the north woods in 1990. The soil up here was terrible. clay and sand and lots of rocks that grow every spring,Isn't that funny? after 10 years of mulching, composting, pete moss, we have pretty good soil now. beautiful tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini and so on. Years of hard work and a lot of garden tools. Now I wish we had the warm weather they get down below. Every year i till in compost. It is really cool to see the color of the change to dark rich color like the folks in dane county have. With poor soil you can create the best soil possible.Be sure to visit [url=http://www.gardentoolscorner.com]Garden tools Free! shipping on qualified items[/url]
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Old 08-27-2017, 06:27 PM
Location: Floribama
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If I dig deep enough I hit red clay, but the top 18" or so is silty loam. My area used to be what's considered "flatwoods" until the drainage was improved to make it habitable.
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