According to the United States Geological Survey, our soil is classified as "gravelly loam." This soil type appears to be remnants of river meanderings onto the land over the long course of geologic history.
The loam part makes any farmer jump for joy. The gravelly part makes our BCS tractor (aka The Blue Bomber) jump too.
Of the descriptions given in the dictionary, #2 below best describes my early soil building exercises.
pebbly - gritty - shingly
It takes a lot of good old fashioned work to prepare a 140 foot row. However, once the rocks are cleared, it is beautiful soil! I like to say that it is honest work that is good for the body and soul.
Here the Blue Bomber makes its first of the many passes needed to clear out the "gravel" ( looks like rocks to me ) from our strawberry beds.
Organic soil conditioning and getting distances right between plants.