Urban clay soil for a home and garden, Sunbury, Victoria, Australia
Location: large, slightly sloping backyard
with one small steep exposed slope
in hilly outer Melbourne suburb that was rural about 20 years ago
Challenges of this clay soil – and management of it:
– hard surface to dig through – only attempted in some small improved beds.
– dry – only attempt to grow hardy plants in small improved beds
– requires a lot of work/time – proper overhaul will happen sometime in the future.
– Steep batter of open clay – as it is stable hard clay, left as is.
See more about issues and values of clays in urban backyards at these Soil Selfies:
– hard, shrinking, moving clay problems in Box Hill Bridges Soil Selfies
– creating topsoils over clays for backyard family food farming In Glen Waverley artichokes Soil Selfies
– links between urban clay Soil Selfies discussed in this LN Post
Credits: G. Hanley- Smith, of Sunbury, gives permission for the photos and information to be used under a (cc) license 2015
Photos, editing and page created by Jeanie Clark, enviroed4all®, Warracknabeal, for use in education under a (cc) licence 2015
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