Clay Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Spring, TX
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Question by gaines0624
May 6, 2007
I read some place that to dig out a large hole in clay soil and fill it with good soil will only hold the water like a basin and kill the plants because there is no place for the water to go. Is this true? Is so what is the solution?
Thanks for the help!!

Answer from NGA
May 6, 2007

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

What you read is true. It is best to build up a raised bed if drainage is in question. You need to try and plant things that can grow in the soil of the site rather than try to make little changes other than perhaps adding a few inches of compost rototilled deeply into a large area where you'll be planting.

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

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