[gardeners] Hard pack soil improvement

Cheryl & Erich Schaefer (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 22:31:28 -0400

>LOL!  Actually mares are like that.  They do poop in the same area.  Makes
>clean up
>easier.  Now sheep shit any ol' place and pee when they get upset. :-)

Always knew mares were smarter than sheep.

My best bed, formerly hard as rock clay subsoil, has been amended with
sawdust used as bedding at the cow barn of the local artificial
insemination unit of Cornell's Agricultural school. It did wonders for the
tilth. Need to make 25 more trips to get enough for the other vegetable
beds (some now given over to irises), then I can begin to think about
improving the flower beds, although they are not subsoil and not nearly as
bad. The compost helped a lot, too. We had two spreader loads of cow manure
delivered two years ago, on top of which the entire leaf fall from the
village was dumped. We've had to move it one wheelbarrow at a time but it's
worth it, despite the weeds. Actually used it all and still need much more,
but in the end the soil will be great.

Cheryl Schaefer, Schaefer Yarns
Beautiful hand painted fibers
Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY