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Old 10-22-2010, 06:34 PM
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Having just recently created my own vegetable garden in my backyard, I feel like I am an expert on the topic of caliche! It's funny because most of the garden area (11 ft by 7) didn't have a lot of caliche, even going about 2 feet deep, until the section that I had mentally mapped for my carrots(growing by seed)! Urrgh! So I had to hack through the evil stuff, because I had already planted everything else in their designated spots. Note to self: always plant rooty stuff first!

Anyhow, I'm a scrawny female, but I just used a small spade with strong metal and hacked away at it. But yes, definitely water it first and let it soak because it makes a huge difference. I'm mentioning this because if you're trying to save money like I am, this might be a cheaper option. Although, make sure to wear gloves because I got so absorbed in hacking away that I ended up getting blisters on my fingers without realizing it until it was too late...ouch!

Another easier option is to have strategically-placed containers for your annuals, of course!
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:18 PM
Location: East valley
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Dig a small hole, as deep as you can. Fill the hole with water. Go into the house and stay there for 24 hours. Come back out, dig some more in the hole, fill the hole with water, go into the house and staythere for 24 hours. You get the idea...........
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