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Drill baby, drill

 

March 24, 2022

Alex Féthière

Driveway daikon shouldn't be eaten, but slows runoff while preparing the soil for some ornamentals.

Clay soil is commonplace in Mason County. I've got various mixtures from almost soil to practically pottery.

People put a lot of effort into fluffing up that clay soil for planting purposes. Introducing air and organic matter can lighten some of that impermeability and compaction.

Tilling clay contributes to hardpan formation, and manually busting it up is a daunting prospect. I've bent a homemade broadfork almost beyond operability on Harstine Island clays.

Working the clay on a broadacre scale is not an option for those without access to tractors and appropriate attachments. As such, ma...



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