How can I improve my soil?

April 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM Leave a comment

I found this on the  Better Homes and Gardens web site.
How can I improve my soil?
Submitted  on 2/12/2010 1:06 PM CST
My new garden has heavy clay soil that’s difficult to dig into, and it’s lumpy and clumpy. How can I improve the soil so I can plant some things to dress up my new home?

Answered by BHGgardenEditors on 2/22/2010 3:39 PM CST
After the weather, the favorite topic of conversation among gardeners is soil. You can’t change the weather, but you can change your soil. In your case, it’s just going to be a bit more of a challenge. The best and only practical way to improve clay soil is by incorporating organic matter. Compost, rotted manure, dry grass clippings (from nonchemically treated lawns), and leaf mold will eventually turn clay soil into usable soil. If you’re starting a new garden, spread 2-3 inches of organic matter over the soil and work it into the top 6-8 inches. If you have existing planting beds, you may be able to dig compost into pockets around the plantings. It’s a lot of work up front, but it will be worth the effort in the end.

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