The Q&A Archives: Gardening in Clay Dirt

Question: I have read the question on clay dirt and it is a great ideal, but my question is what if I add top soil and sand next year for my vegetable garden will it do alot better. Where the water can asorb better.

Answer: Anything that you can incorporate into the soil in terms of organic matter and sand will help your clay soil. Start this fall by removing all vegetation from the area and spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the vegetable bed. You can use compost, aged manure, shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Next spring till the area again and plant your veggies, then mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a spectacular vegetable garden. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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