I will guiltily admit that I've made a start on a vegie garden at my new place, by first mowing down the thick matt of cooch grass, then rotary hoeing it to loosen it up. It is dry and hard because at the moment I would say any rain just runs straight off. This is my patch that will satisfy my urge to "stick some stuff in", somewhere to put some manure when I get it etc..
I would prefer to plant things to "pioneer" my soil and I intend to do as much of this as I can within the bounds of "opening up" enough soil to get some productive plants in.
I have heard that sunflowers may be a good candidate, are there other plants that people have TRIED AND TESTED. I would prefer plants that do not require constant water and already prepared soil.. (such as my experience with potatoes etc).
Also, I'm thinking I will still need to lightly dig the soil, to give any thing a change against the thick matt of grass and roots.. any ideas?
the soil is a silty fine sand weathered from granite, on a north facing hillside, just up from a dam and lower lying "valley".