>> Well , I managed to get part of my new garden space tilled before
>> the worm gear stripped ... so next trip up from Memphis the big
>> tiller is near the top of the list .I went ahead and started a few
>> plants today , a couple of heirloom tomatoes , ten strawberry plants
>> , and some green onion sets . The 'maters went into
>> larger-than-the-pot holes filled with a 50/50 dirt/manure-topsoil
>> mix , the berries are on a pile of the pure stuff but covered with
>> regular soil , and the onions went into a plain ol' hole in the dirt
> I hope your worm is feeling better. How many sq. ft. are you planting?
> Y'know, you can make a garden without digging. Believe it or not it's
> called "No Dig" gardening, aka sheet mulch, or lasagna gardening. The
> older you get, the better it feels.
Shades of Ruth Stout ... I'll be using some of those techniques as we
progress , as the topsoil is only 4" thick . I'm going to be adding a lot of
organic material , the top soil is like a sandy loam <and rocks>, next layer
is kinda clay-ey <with rocks>, then to sandy with lots of gravel <and rocks>
. This place was hardwood forest until about 10-15 years ago , nothing has
been done to anything but weedeat the grasses to help keep chiggers down .
Now there's a small machine shop , the trailer we live in , and a good start
on a garden . So far my two best crops appear to be rocks and seed ticks ...
you young !