How to take care the soil for vegetables garden - Knowledgebase Question

Sugar Land, TX (Zone 8B)
Question by franceswz
March 14, 2007
I live in Houston Texas,I just moved in to brand new house, I would like to have a vegetables garden, the soil is very sticky, someone told me that may need to add some BANK SANDS, is it correct? How much I should add & anythingelse need to be add to it? Thanks for your help!
Frances


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Answer from NGA
March 14, 2007

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Frances,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you.

Adding sand alone to clay doesn't help a lot but rather just creates a sandy clay as the clay particles enclose the larger sand particles. The best thing you can do for a sticky clay soil is to add a lot of compost. I suggest spreading a couple of inches and then working it into the soil with a rototiller or spade. Repeat the addition of another inch or so each time you change from one crop to another for a year or two until you see that your soil is a looser, more crumbly texture, even when on the dry side. After that periodic additions of a small amount of compost will help keep it in good condition.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening year in 2007. Please stop in again soon!

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