Gardening in Georgia Clay

March 31, 2015

This has nothing to do with gardening in Georgia clay, but it's a beautiful pear tree in springtime. Today's photographs are of Georgia clay and compost, which is really not that pretty. Here is some good karma.

I know your back yards are in better shape than the new beds we're preparing on what was a pasture, but I thought I would share what I've learned about bed preparation, and maybe some of it is information that you can use. To prepare our beds, we use a tiller, but that presents a bit of a problem because the tiller only digs so deep, and plants need room to root.  I'm not sure of the scientific name of the clay that resembles rock, which lies beneath our top soil. I do know that it is disgusting and filled with weed roots. Here is a photograph of what we dug out of our beds.

 

 No tomato, zinnia, or dahlia can grow in this. For this reason, we double dig our beds, pull out this clay and insert beautiful compost that we make with our leftover cuttings, Xocolatl husks (the chocolate shop's leftovers), and leaves.

 This compost is not quite ready, but someday soon I hope, it will give our beds some beautiful, rich hummus.

 This is the most amazing tool that you can ever buy! It's the only one that gets out that Georgia clay.

 

 Here is another one. They are Daikon radishes. Soon, we will mow them down and till them under to create a wonderful compost for the sunflowers that will go in this field. Their roots are extremely long, loosening the clay and then providing a worm attractor to nourish the roots of the sunflowers.

 But for right now, we have anemones and double narcissus.

 

 

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