Soil conditions in garden - Knowledgebase Question

Waukesha, Wi
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Question by rschwanke1
March 14, 2010
This is my 3rd year gardening. Location is good. Can't seem to grow anything below soil level i.e. carrots etc. I live in Wisconsin zone 3-6. Everything I grow above ground does well. Think the soil is mostly clay..too compact. Tried peat..still not working. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
March 14, 2010
You've identified the problem - clay soil. There are no quick fixes but you can improve your clay soil over a period of years by incorporating lots of organic matter every year. You can even import some sand to mix with the compost to dig into your soil. Anything you add to your garden bed will improve your clay soil and make it easier for root vegetables to penetrate and grow thick and straight.

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