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Old 04-04-2016, 09:00 PM   #1
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growing in clay ?


i put some topsoil and clay mixture (that i got from drilling fence post holes) in my garden. am i going to have problems with this ?
anything i should do ?
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Re: growing in clay ?


Clay needs to be worked into the topsoil--adding sand, leaf mold and other organic compost will help break it up.

Get out your spading fork or a rototiller and work that stuff in with the top soil.
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Re: growing in clay ?


DIY soil test to determine what you have. Shake vigorously, leave set over night.
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Clay needs to be worked into the topsoil--adding sand, leaf mold and other organic compost will help break it up.

Get out your spading fork or a rototiller and work that stuff in with the top soil.
yeah, thats what i was going to do. its not a lot when it'll be all mixed in.
but i didn't know if it spoiled the soil or whatever.
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a small amount wont make a difference, a truck load yes....if you mix it around and add some peat moss and lime it will be fine..
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Actually clay grows plants okay--it's problem is the way it gets hard when dry--

Mix it in add whatever compost you have and you will be fine.
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I know you have more than enough projects going--but, local riding/horse stables are always glad to have someone pick up free manure.

Adding that to your gardens really helps.
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there isn't much of anything free around here. but i will check into it. there is a few places 5 mins from me.

does that stuff attract bugs or rabbits or ?
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No bugs --when fresh, it is a little 'hot' for placing around plants---best to either add it in the fall or let it decompose for a few months.

We did turn it in to the soil each spring--fresh and hot--without any adverse effects--
I've been breaking gardening rules most of my life.
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I don't know how common such things are around the country, but we have clay, although the soil reports we have gotten back from MSU over the years all call it "sandy loam" so go figure, but I believe that the best results that we have had was with Canadian peat. But that comes with a cost, and manure has worked well too. I prefer cow manure, because the subsequent weeds seem fewer, but horse manure is definitely easier to come by. And I do agree too that gardening rules are made to be broken. We have a master gardener down the road who we are good friends with, and several times she has said something like this or that won't work, naturally after we have already done it, only to return later to get more details on the affected flowers or vegetables that are thriving.
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If you put horse bedding on the garden that a mare in heat has peed on, don't be surprised to find a stud horse in your garden the next day. ROFLMAO and of course I'm kidding.
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If you put horse bedding on the garden that a mare in heat has peed on, don't be surprised to find a stud horse in your garden the next day. ROFLMAO and of course I'm kidding.
That horse will need to be a good jumper--Fixnit is building a tall board fence---got to keep them revenuers out!
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In my area there is a big stable outfit that hauls in some kind of organic waste (coarse saw shavings I think) and composts the h manure with it . I believe they charge $10 a pickup load but I buy it for two reasons :

1. Extremely high quality (& not as "hot" as fresh stuff).

2. They have a loader available anytime . ( A loader means I don't have to load it !)

Maybe check C/L .
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I agree with Oh'Mike add compost this will keep it from getting too dry and constrictive.
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