Clay soil

Awesome post as always

Growing out of chaos

After a recent trip to the library at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate, I started reading about how to handle clay soil. At the same time, I’ve been reading about the no-dig method of gardening. So, now there is lots of sometimes competing information going round in my brain.

There is no doubt that the soil is clay, which means it is fertile, or would be if it was in better condition. However, at the moment, a proportion of the nutrients appear to be locked to plants, either because the sods need to be broken up to make them more accessible or simply because the roots can’t get through the ‘concrete’. In other words, it would benefit from a large amount of organic matter to break it up. However, the question is whether to dig or not to dig.

The first disadvantage of digging (for me!) is that it would…

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