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"When I had little money for soil improvements and also dealing with clay, I started out using shredded newpapers, and mixing that in with the clay.  It still decomposed and helped to loosen it up somewhat, and I was able to get all of the…"
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Robin Zaleski commented on Michele Bates's blog post newbie needs help with clay soil gardening...
"I live in TN. and our soil if you want to call it that is nothing but red clay! My husband built me a raised bed and filled it with black dirt and compost. When I outgrew that he brought in a tractor and dug out tha clay and replaced it with…"
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Alana Starkweather commented on Michele Bates's blog post newbie needs help with clay soil gardening...
"Dig some gypsum into your clay beds as well as the compost and what others are suggesting. We have clay here and over the years have totally changed our beds. Be patient and it will happen."
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Tom Monroe commented on Michele Bates's blog post newbie needs help with clay soil gardening...
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Willis L. Johnson from GA Z8A commented on Michele Bates's blog post newbie needs help with clay soil gardening...
"Michele, someone here mentioned raised berms.  I swear by them. We garden on Georgia's red clay. 2 acres of it. We dig the clay, amend it and then build it up into raised beds. The plants love it, the soil drains well and the worked in…"
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newbie needs help with clay soil gardening...

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 6:26pm 26 Comments

our clay soil is the pits! how do i plant w/out drowning or suffocating my plants? i'm new to the area and have battled the clay for my 2nd season. any tips on making season 3 more fun and productive without spending a fortune?

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At 7:40pm on November 11, 2010, Kathleen Burkhart ~ Zone 5 ~ MI gave Michele Bates a gift
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Thank you Mitchele for your compliment on my page and yes, if you enjoy gardening, Gardener's Index is fun. It so nice to connect with other gardeners!
At 8:16pm on November 8, 2010, Kathleen Burkhart ~ Zone 5 ~ MI said…
Michele,
I've struggled with the tedious job of amending clay for the past three years. Below is a link which I found most informative. I haven’t tried all of its suggestions….I hope to work on it next spring and hopefully, I will master the clay.
http://www.bachmans.com/Garden-Care/divHomePage.html?cnb=GardenCare&categoryCode=02&pageIndex=_pageIndexToken_workingWithClaySoil
At 7:57pm on November 8, 2010, Becky L Turner said…
I just moved to tennesee and it is the first time i have had clay soil but it will be interesting if you get an answer as i am interested too
 
 
 

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