Re: [gardeners] Hard pack soil improvement experiments was

Margaret Lauterbach (
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 12:02:15 -0700

At 10:48 AM 9/23/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Now that I have  a few minutes I wanted to share my conclusions regarding 
>improving clay or hard pack soils.
>I've read several books and articles and evaluated my own observations and 
>have tenativly concluded that at an accelerated rate, simulating the
natural cycle 
>of growth and decay in nature is the logical and efficient way to go about 
>improving hard soils.  The best way to do this is with a permanent mulch 
>system much like Ruth Stout's.
>To attempt to prove my theory I'm going to set up an experiment.  I have a 
>section of my garden that is very hard, rocky and very little grows there.  
>Currently it is covered mostly with wormwood and a few other plants that can 
>manage the conditions.  It has had horses on it for two years but has been 
>unutilized since late last summer.  All manure is in two locations so is not 

Well, you really DO have well-trained animals.  Margaret