The Q&A Archives: Improving red clay soil

Question: We love to garden, but we live in Oklahoma and the soil is very poor, good ol' red clay. We have been trying to improve it over the past 3-4 years with mulch, compost and gypsum, but it remains poor. Any suggestions??? Pat Brown Edmond, OK

Answer: Well you're doing the right thing amending the soil with compost and organic matter. Short of that there isn't a lot you can do other than be patient. You can also try forming raised beds for sone of your crops. That would concentrate the soil building materials in one place, the soil warms up faster and is generally easier to work. Raise the beds up about 10 high, 3' wide and as long as you want. Short of that, keep working the soil and eventually you'll see good results.

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