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Soil compaction in walking rows

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by WeedFreak78, Jun 14, 2017.

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    WeedFreak78

    WeedFreak78 Well-Known Member

    That's what my rows look like, they are large mounds. The rows themselves are fine. After I tilled, I went through with a shovel, and a hoe, and dug out where my walking rows were about 10-12"down, and put that dirt on my rows to build them up. My mounds are 16"+ higher than the walking rows. I was always planning on doing what you said, put hoses in the walking rows for watering.

    I went out yesterday with a pitchfork and broke up one of the walking rows to see what was going on, it's not as bad as I thought. Only the top 4" or so is really compacted, everything under that is still fairly loose. Almost like it made a mud cap. I'm running with it.
     
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    weedhead24

    weedhead24 Active Member

    you use a tiller a little compaction won't hurt your seedlings . You live and learn part of being a farmer dear friend . Next season grab some manure it improves soil texture to clay like soil . And if you got the money buy cheap ass hummus it should be cheap .That will break that soil down very quick will blow your mind how it works . You really want it to break up even faster mix a certain play sand brand .Mix humus mix cow manure and let God work .An your all good not everybody can sow . You can have the best fertilizer in the world and the ground still won't produce yield .Anyway but you will get what you desire very loose soil roots will grow out of control ! Hope all goes well
     
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    Carolina Dream'n

    Carolina Dream'n Well-Known Member

    Don't stress the walkways, they are not a productive part of the garden. If they serve there purpose of walking up and down don't waste your time.
     
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    weedhead24

    weedhead24 Active Member

    I agree but it shouldn't have any effect on growth but it will compact the soil
     
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    ANC

    ANC Well-Known Member

    Working biochar into your soil will also help prevent compaction. And stop you having to till, especially if you can mulch the surface.
     

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