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Stefanie Chandler wrote:I was reading the articles about burying wood in sandy soil; would lining the pit with grass like they do in India help?  They take 8 inches of fresh cut grass and pack it around the hole they want to retain water.  As the grass goes to slim it becomes water proof.  Then lay the wood in and cover with compost and mulch.  Would planting a nitro fixer like clover help to start the decomposition prosses?  



How deep can you dig?
How wide?
Perhaps you could get a few loads of clay to line your garden about 4" deep or more?

Some people use pond liners.

About clover  - I planted some and the roots are so strong you can barely budge them.
Seems great for holding soil once they grow.

Yes the grass would retain some water but not like wood would.
Grass will disintegrate pretty quickly but wood takes a while.

Yellow clover flowers about mid year. Crimson (not red) flowers in the fall.
If you are trying to help the homeybees, crimson clover is best for them.
Plenty of flowers in the spring and summer. Hardly any in the fall.

Reason?
How many plants flower and produce pollen and nectar in the fall?

The bees need that last ditch feeding to help them get through the winter.


Edit used coffee grounds can help the decomposition process. Adding plain sugar can really heat things up too!

 
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Thanks to all of you for the information. I was inspired to plant an orchard on our land in Oklahoma.

To get the planting holes ready, I dug pits about 3' x 3' x 3'. Okay, maybe I recruited my husband to help some with this part...I filled the pits with wood scavenged from the property and covered it with the dug soil. (This was before I learned the importance of keeping the soil in the original layers.)

Then, I planted the trees beside the covered mounds. This was in early 2017. After 2 years, the peach trees are 8-10' tall. They started at 3-4'.  It seems impossible to me when I compare to the growth rate of my mom's trees planted in better soil. I did water the first 2 years and she probably didn't.

I tried to attach a picture, but the internet here is spotty...
 
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