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Old 02-04-2013, 09:34 PM
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Above is a link to the National Geological survey. Their search engine allows you to access soil maps of your individual property, based on your location. The soil maps have different ways of analyzing the soil, such as, soil types, i.e., sandy loam, needle eye silt, depth to bedrock, etc. It also can help determine if the soil is suited for building different types of structures. Back to the original question, it also gives an analysis of what types of plants would best be grown on the soil sub-type you have identified as your garden spot. Of course, you can also just stick a pitchfork in the ground and turn some soil over and find out quite a bit about your soil, as well.

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:24 AM
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There were plenty of rocks on my uncles farm in North Central Arkansas and they picked up rocks forever but they had some whopper gardens. Just consider the rocks heavy weeds! lol
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:25 AM
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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My neighbors all made fun of me the first year we were here! I was out there chipping away at the rocks, trying to get them out, so I could plant! Not! They just multiplied!!

So, new strategy...build little retaining walls and add dirt! Like NWV says, that's your only true way to find success at gardening in the Ozarks. I did find that our native plants fare ok, without amending the soil. Things like Coneflowers, Butterfly Weed, Queen Ann's Lace and Cosmos, do fine.

If you can get most of the rocks out and add some peat moss, to start, you might end up with something good enough to start some tomatoes and peppers. Tomatoes LOVE the Ozarks! Especially "Arkansas Traveler".

Good Luck with the (axe) pickin's!!

Didn't you know??? Rocks are our best crops!
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