Posted: 06/03/2017 at 00:29
Have you tried potatoes? I once had to create a garden from an area of cleared woodland that was a bit like what you have described. Not only do potatoes break up the soil, they have something in them that inhibits a lot of weeds. Okay the garden was functional rather than beautiful for a year, but I had a lot less trouble in Year 2, as well as a lot of spuds. As the other guys say, you can't expect instant results.
For the big roots there is not much else for it other than using a commercial rotavator. I paid someone to do this. It will lift the roots to the surface and break them up into small pieces. You will still have to spend a lot of tme raking out, but they will eventually rot down and help create a fertile gardening soil. Good luck. Ian.
Last edited: 06 March 2017 00:34:28