How to grow in a rocky soil
How to grow in rocky soil? No matter what your yard looks like, as you garden you could find you are working with a rocky soil. When you do find you are going to be working your gardening wonders in the rocky soil. You will find you have a bit of a challenge on your hands.
The soil can either be covered with a rocky surface, or it can be mixed with a hard crusted layer of rocks and hard dirt. Both of these instances would cover for rocky soil. You will find that if you live in the more mountainous regions there is more rocky soil.
They also cover for a real pain when you want to till and plant in your yard or garden.
However do not lose hope, there are some things you can do to make your gardening in rocky soil more successful. Even if it takes a bit more work, there are ways to get your soil to work for you.
1. Start by choosing a place in your yard or property that would work as best as possible for a garden. It may not be completely rock free. But, you will be able to work with that. Even the most rockiest areas, tend to have a layer of soil either just above the rocks or bellow. We just need to work with that soil and remove as many rocks as possible.
2. Then after you have chosen the perfect spot for your garden it is time to either till, tractor, or dig up the area. If the area you chose is rather large, say for farming. Then you will need to use a larger tractor to break up what it can and dig up the rest. If the area is a smaller garden, but still to large to hand dig. Then you will need to till the area with a tiller. Finally for smaller areas, you can hand till the soil. However, remember that since the areas are rocky, it will be harder to dig. Where in softer soil, it is easier to do by hand.
3. You will want to till each area at least 2 to 3 times before planting. This is important because each time you till you will be breaking up the crusted soil and rocks, in addition to exposing rocks that will hinder the proper growth of many plants. If you consider that a rock can deform or completely stop the growth of a plant, you will see that they need to be moved.
4. If you need to use a tractor, then the tractor will dig up and bring the rocks to the surface. Then the tractor will drag the rocks to the outer parts of the garden. Though, if you are simply tilling, or hand digging the soil, you will need to remove the rocks yourself. This will be important for the health of the garden. It does take, time and does not have to be perfect. However, it will need to be done. So be ready to take a little time to get it all taken care of. It will be worth it when you see the overall results.
5. If the area needs additional substance after removing the rocks, you can always add some peat moss fill dirt and or compost. There are many options, and they will be better to grow in than the rocks.
This is how to grow in rocky soil. There are some plants that will work better in a more rocky soil than others. Check out what types of plants you will be more successful in growing. However, keep in mind, by working the soil this way, you will be more likely to succeed in the overall growth of your garden.