Clay Soil - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by lisaandalanw
April 9, 2007
We live in an area that has very hard clay soil. It seems that nothing will grow in this type of soil. What tips do you have for either planting in this type of soil or enriching it so we can plant in it. We both work full time so we need quick, low maintenance, easy to do ideas. Thanks!

Answer from NGA
April 9, 2007

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you. The best thing you can do for a clay soil is to add composted organic matter, which will improve the structure and internal drainage and aeration of the soil. Do this any time you replant a garden bed. Add a couple of inches of compost and work it in deeply. Also building up raised planting beds will improve drainage during rainy periods.

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