The Zucchini Squash Plot

The soil here is very dry. Palo Alto apparently used to be flood plains, and the reflects the sediment. The USDA Soil Survey of the Santa Clara Area describes the soil in Palo Alto as “mostly brown silty clay loam that is well drained” and adds that the soil is “very fertile but can be difficult to work by hand when dry unless large amounts of organic matter are added.”

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