I started today...friends site...shady...companion plants...I noticed while planting...the soil is,dark rich...but loose...can this pose a problem?...I know the how is good because of the trillium,Bloodroot,jack in the pulpit....and sarsparilla growing there.
Last year I found a place in where the soil was so loose you could literally put your arm into it, by wiggling your fingers, up to your elbows. It had several wild seng plants that all looked like carrots, with branched roots, but still smooth. When I sold, I pointed them out to the dealer and had them on top of my pile so he could see them. He didn't lower the buying price any, mostly because I had not tried pulling a slick number, and because I had so many nice size, unbroken, wild looking roots to go with them. I would think if that was all I had I would have taken a beating on the price. I recommend planting there for seed/transplants production and elsewhere for root production.