Back to my Soil *sigh
I'm finding I don't need raised beds but I must carefully maintain my soil. \
Okay, I have 4-8 inches of good organic topsoil with organic
(black as coal) clay material underneath this. Unfortunately, bringing up the grass immediately destroys
my topsoil (in this sun). I know what started the dust bowl. LOL
Absolutely nothing is surviving direct sun right now.
I don't know why, it's just the case for my location
(Cushing - about 25 miles South of Stillwater).
For now, I have planted everything under direct or partial tree shade.
These are thriving even though they start wilting during the hottest portion of the day.
Here's my thinking for next spring's garden soil:
We will till the rest of the yard to be planted this fall
when it's cooler turning in amendments. In the spring I will only dig up the beds
that I need by hand leaving the other grass and weeds in place to continue retaining moisture.
Can I use a trim around the edges of the beds to help keep out
unwanted bugs and creeping underground grass and weeds?
OR We might just till the rows.
You know, only tilling the larger section that I'll be
planting such as corn and beans planted in longer rows.
This will be an area about 100' by 50', btw in addition to
my already tilled section of 45' x 32' garden area.
Currently I am placing all types of cardboard and old
plywood pieces after watering over the tilled garden sections.
This seems to help tremendously. I don't think hay or
straw would cut it at all. The parts that are not covered
at all is almost a desert; Totally destroyed and incapable
of retaining moisture (without amendments).
I realize this heat is only limited and that spring will
provide nice temps but by the dog days I don't want my
garden soil completely destroyed.