Written by Carol Welch
If you have gardened in Parker County for more than…oh…about 10 minutes, then you have encountered our diverse and often frustrating soil conditions. Even on the smallest properties, it is not uncommon to find clay snuggled up to a patch of pure sand; or a thin layer of soil sprinkled over several feet of rock; or a nice deposit of caliche (which is sedimentary rock composed of calcium carbonate). We have one of those, a patch of caliche that is, in the bar ditch that borders our property. It’s on the west side, so it gets several hours of scorching afternoon sun throughout the summer. As a result, nothing but the most tenacious weeds will grow there.
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