Yes, this is what I will try to achieve.
Originally Posted by eco4560
My main problem is that the soil, at the moment, is not red sandy loam. Red compacted red dusty shit.
My primary goal is to get something growing that will build the soil's fertility and help to hold moisture - I'm hoping what I'm doing is a good start there.
So if I get the plans and they work out - how did you slash a line in? I'd need a machine (I think).
Originally Posted by gardenlen
Well, I'll document what happens, but you're welcome to pop over and check it out once something happens. There's a lot of advantages in this area (cheeap mulch and compost!).
Originally Posted by Try Reason
Not in my backyard! The soil's completely uncovered, and it's basically all but dust. That's why I'm starting from scratch, more or less. Interestingly, where the previous owners dumped the grass clippings from the front lawn each time, the ground is darker and while not moist, will hold together and isn't as compacted.
Advice for this climate or lessons I've learned are, Growing in raised and very well mulched beds can be advantageous. At the moment the soil is quite moist (for Mildura) due to the record rain events recently.
I usually just have a sheet mulch covered by a living mulch. There are probably more interesting ways, but I don't know them!
Having said that I've not tried some of the mulching techniques which i've discovered through reading about permaculture and I don't know anyone here who has either.
That's where I think laying the foudnations before the mulch is important, as there are things that hold moisture well (newspaper, manure, clippings, roots) and the mulch needs moisture to break down into soil, as opposed to dust.
The mulch issue is one I'd like to solve too. My guess is it might be like mulching on top of a sand dune. It could take a long time to build up enough to hold water well.
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