This post is really designed to make all my gardening friends in San Jose jealous. San Jose soil is horrid, hard clay. Some people are fortunate to live in areas that had been used as orchards where the soil has been improved over the years. When you would dig in San Jose, you got down about 4 inches before hitting hard, dry clay that didn’t absorb anything. I had to resort to power tools and liquid shovel to break up the clay to dig a hole to plant most anything.
The last few days, I’ve been diagnosing one zone of my sprinkler system and converting it to drip and starting to dig up the grass to put in planting beds. Here, I water for 10 minutes. Then I can easily dig 6+ inches down through dark rich soil. There, I hit a combination of red dirt and sand. It is pretty easy to break up. The hardest thing is digging down to get all the bermuda grass roots out! Here in Kihei, we do need to water and water is expensive. I also hate mowing so I’ll eventually remove at least 1/2 of my grass areas. Biggest problem here is that when it does rain, everything grows like crazy.
Good dirt is a blessing. Can’t wait until my garden is really growing!