Our experience in the tropics is to mulch, mulch and
mulch. This natural process improves the soil and
actually builds more natural soil.
I am sure in your case, mulching is the best natural
process you can practice in all your problems of soil.
Keep us informed of your experiences. Thanks,
--- Beatrice Gilboa <b.gilboa@...
> Welcome Ben,
> I'm also living in Israel in a moshav south of
> I've'nt got the heavy gooey black soil that you
> probably talk about, but
> the under ground is also with a big proportion of
> red clay.
> >> Has anyone experienced a significant loosening
> and lightening of very
> heavy clay soils over time using no-till methods?
> - I started whith potatoes just put on the soil or
> in a small hole and
> covered with much organic material or compost. That
> process improve the
> situation and after a year or so, the situation was
> already much better. But
> Fukuoka used Daikon as many of us on this list. I
> think any deep rooted
> plant would do the work...
> You could read on http://FukuokaFarmingOL.net
> many useful explanations on this problem.
> >> I imagine the decomposing roots in the soil will
> eventually loosen it,
> (and sometimes I leave the roots of annual weeds and
> spent crops in the
> - I never get out the roots of annual weeds but
> preferably cut them near the
> >> but my soil here is so gooey and tight that I
> feel compelled to turn in
> some sand and peat on a pretty frequent basis. What
> am I missing?
> mulch mulch mulch (on watered soil in the begining).
> Large diversity or
> plants. Patience to learn and act from the
> observation, and not from our
> ideas (and that is a uge program!)
> Best wishes
> Beatrice G
> Udim, Israel
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