Michael Moreken

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I now (2018) live in east TN. Plant green crops in first three or four beds for gardening in spring 2019. Dealing with being surrounded with black walnut on 3 sides! Cutting down a lot of trees too. Zone 6B, Ph 7. High P low K.
On the plateau in TN
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I used a Maddox/madd-ax all my life, it is not a shovel, not a hoe or an ax, but it can do the job they do in skilled hands.
It is best for breaking up that first layer of red clay, under the four foot of sand you have already removed.
When an large animal died on the farm, we dug a 6' X 6' X 6' deep hole so the wild animals & plow would not unearth the animal.
I never knew why 6 foot cube was the right formula, I was just glad it was not an eight foot cube.

Lucky you, I am guessing if I dug down 3 feet I might hit solid rock.
1 week ago
we are doing quite well with cut lawn grass, and input from my trash can 'composting'?
2 months ago
to see amount of wire worms, cut a potato in half and place face down on soil?  Check daily?
2 months ago

John F Dean wrote:Hi Michael,

I use kine for prying stones out of the ground as well.

Pulled out of yard an 30 lb. barbell weight with the maddox!
2 months ago
Currently it's red clover growing in beds, plus weeds, and a lot of cut grass from lawn.
3 months ago
Sugar Peas, and Jade beans.
3 months ago
Rostov sunflower heirloom flowering with two Russian Giant growing in background.

Plus my current go to weed for adding to garden beds as compost, prostrate knotweed with it's white flower.
3 months ago
There are good bugs out there too, maybe fire ants?, lady bug yes, spiders?, praying mantis?
3 months ago
no I haven't  but I see your in a cold climate.
3 months ago
Just let it rest in place and stick to crops above the soil?  In one year you can probably farm normal.
3 months ago