Some items are consistent:
- Sea buckthorn is adapted to a wide variety of soils, and will grow on marginal land including sandy, gravely soils with poor nutrient and water retention capacities. Sea buckthorn thrives on well drained, light to medium sandy loam.
- Has a moderate tolerance for saline soils
- A soil pH between 6-7 is optimum
Another method, to which I subscribe, is:
- Surface removal, either by hand, mechanical, or burning techinques of competing plants
- inter row planting of mint and wormwood to discourage rodent damage, provide habitat for snakes, bees, other beneficial insects, and hummingbirds.
- root dip at planting (see fig 2.) of a mycorrhizal root dip gel
fig. 2 - right dipped in mycorrhizal gel
This alternate method should ensure a solid start to the plantings and reduce future labor and crop loss.