Originally Posted by Tomtommom
That soil sticks to a shovel like nobody's business. The first few feet were not too bad though, it was just the right moisture level... not too dry (concrete!) and not too wet (sticky!). He's getting there.. 2/3rd of the pit is at 4 foot deep now, which is what we need. We've got the permit in hand.. So a week, two at most I think before the whole thing is done.
In my coop this soil compacts down to be like concrete. I can sweep the top with a broom! Just when it rains... ugh, mess, mess, mess. It's nice fertile stuff though, shame most plants have trouble growing in it because of the 'terracotta pot' effect. It limits the root systems badly. I had to make raised beds for my garden...
I grew up just outside D.C., in MD, where we had rock-hard clay like that. Burnt up a roto-tiller digging footers for a new porch. We raked & composted all the leaves from our oak trees, then broadcast them over the ground when they were rotted, then tilled them under. Did that for two years. Wound up with one of the nicest lawns in the area, and those rotted leaves loosened up that clay some, too.