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Old 04-02-2013, 10:25 AM
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I took apart my glass jar to get a look at the soil structure in real life... it was put in as mud and allowed to sit without additional water(Except just before my trip South) until this past weekend...
The camera did not capture the structure at all but that long slow drying period left some excellently structured soil behind, from what started as anaerobic mud...
When we start with anaerobic mud and keep it wet, we'll always have anaerobic mud... here is a typical grass plant taken out of the glass pot when I shovelled out the top 6" of dirt to have a look...

The root itself is 3.5 inches long and it grew that deep just while the jar was drying out...
Germination began : on an earlier page...
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Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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