Hello all Gardenweb geniuses!
The NW corner of my property has been "grass" since I came here 3 years ago. The soil is dry, lifht colored and mostly fine clay. It really looks like hell and there are no signs of life inside.
My plan is to convert this area into a gorgeous shade garden full of exotic and collectors plants. My first inclination is to begin repairing the soil with green manure. After I turn that under, I will add leaf compost and maybe plant more green manure for overwintering?
What type of green manure works well for this purpose? What types are more trouble than they are worth? There is thatchy sod on the surface of the soil...