How To Turn Clay Soil Into Garden Soil

Clay soil into garden soil

Let me show you how to turn clay soil into garden soil.

It might seem like every gardener has a magic trick for turning clay soil into something that’s rich and fertile. 

But the truth is, not all gardens are created equal. If you have heavy clay soil (that’s what gardeners call it when the particles in dirt are too big for plant roots to penetrate), then you probably know that it can be very difficult to grow plants in this type of soil.

That’s why I developed these tips on how to turn clay soil into garden soil!

Three reasons why clay soil is not ideal for gardening.

Firstly, clay soil is a heavy, dense and sticky type of soil that is difficult to dig. Clay soil can be slow to drain, which causes water to pool, preventing proper drainage. 

Secondly, the clay particles in the soil stick together and have no spaces between them, so they are hard to work with when planting crops or fertilizing your plants. 

Finally, clay soil also becomes compacted over time from foot traffic in your garden bed, making it even more challenging for roots of plants to grow through the top layer of this materia

Compost: The best way to break down clay

  • Compost is an excellent soil conditioner. It improves the texture and fertility of all soil types, especially clay soils. Adding compost is the most effective way to break down heavy, clay soils.
  • Compost is made up of organic matter, such as leaves, grass clippings and other plant materials that have decomposed over time. It contains a wide variety of nutrients for your garden plants to use.
  • To add compost to your garden soil, read my article: How to make Compost fast. In this report, you will learn how to make compost fast in just six weeks when you follow these four basic steps.
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Best plants to grow in heavy clay soil

  • Garlic chives. These perennial herbs are easy to grow and can be harvested throughout the summer.
  • Borage. This is a great plant for attracting bees, butterflies, birds and bumblebees.
  • Thistles (black or red). These attractive perennials look great in flower beds or borders and provide an excellent source of nectar for insects such as bees and butterflies.
try growing garlic chives

Clay soil is often the bane of a gardener's existence. When you're trying to break apart the hard, dry clumps of dirt, your hands can get sore and your back will ache. The worst part? There's no good way around it.

Fortunately for us gardeners who live in areas where this problem is common—especially those located near bodies of water like rivers or lakes—there are some simple ways we can manage our gardens' composition and make them more usable for both ourselves and our plants.

That's why I recommend you till the soil and add a rich compost that will give your soil a lift, and give you a better chance of having a garden rich with nutirents that your vegetables and plants will thrive in. You may also want to check out my other compost artcle: The Easy Way to turn Food Waste into Compost.

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"How to turn clay soil into garden soil" - by Marion Owen

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