We’re looking at a property that we really like. Soil survey says it’s calcareous throughout and ~40 inches deep to weathered shale. There are chalky chunks around (0.5-2 inches), especially towards the tops of the hills. It was apparently once an almond orchard, but now it’s just seasonal grasses with a few scrubby bushes. Almond trees persist on some nearby hillsides and creek bottoms. I also have the neighbors drilling report (below) that makes me think rooting depth won’t be a problem(?). I will test the soil, but I don’t expect any big surprises.
Is there anything we should worry about? Our biggest interests are apples and pears, which shouldn’t mind chalky soil, right? Stonefruit would be a distant second priority, and blueberries will definitely require accommodation. Any rootstock ideas/suggestions/warnings would be awesome.