So, of course, since we planted the lilac last night, I ran into my friend “Mud Blob.” Mud Blob lives just under the grass in my yard and waits patiently for the day when you may need to kill an intruder, which you will be able to do by picking up Mud Blob and throwing it at the intruder, who will be taken out by its sheer weight. Mud Blob is the lead of soils. Each handful weighs about ten pounds.
Mud Blob even could have a theme song.
Who lives in the yard and under the trees?
Mud Blob Dirt Pants.
Blobby and dirty and muddy is he!
Mud Blob Dirt Pants
Okay, obviously, it’s a little derivative, but I’m still working on it.
I turned to the internet to learn more about Mud Blob. And, though I was able to find what appears to be some kind of Farmer/Scientist Fetish Porn site (SFW), I wasn’t finding dirt that looked particularly like the dirt in my yard.
But then I went to the Web Soil Survey and mapped my house and learned that I have Newark Silt Loam all in my yard. It’s about 80 inches down to the rockbed, but the water table, as we discover often, is just 6 to 18 inches down, and the soil drains poorly–which is why, I suppose, it clumps together into Mud Blob.
The USDA says elsewhere about Mud Blob (You can call him “Newark” but he’ll always be Mud Blob to me), “The Newark series consists of very deep, somewhat poorly drained soils formed in mixed alluvium from limestone, shale, siltstone, sandstone, and loess. The soil is on nearly level flood plains and in depressions. Slope ranges from 0 to 3 percent.”
I had to look up “alluvium” which basically just means “deposits of mud formed by flowing water.” And it’s very crumbly.
But people grow stuff on it, so that’s good.