That's what the soil is like out here. I love it in California and don't miss much of the Illinois climate, but it did make for some damn good dirt. Soft, black, rich as fudge, you could grow anything in that. Throw in a little mica and it was a sponge. The adobe out here is good for nothing but bricks.
I had to set up my sprinklers already this year and the price of water is going up. I've already got a drip in the back so now I'm going to put raised beds in the patch of grass that gets cooked by the sun every summe no matter how much I water. I can easily run a drip line to it. and grow stuff that we can eat.