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What we grow our food in can have tremendous implications on how that food turns out. Plants need a list of things to survive and thrive.
You will find that growing in clay soil is a death sentence for most plants, particularly in rainy seasons. They just cannot deal with all the water and the lack of drainage. Clay also struggles to hold on to important nutrients.
We are going to look at two ways that you can start gardening in clay soil, today.
If you are dealing with heavy clay soil that does not drain you are going to need to either get rid of that soil or amend it.
Some people will just haul the clay out and replace it with a high quality growing medium. That will work.
It will be expensive but it will work.
Amending your soil means that you are going to add things to that clay soil to make it more effective a growing medium. This can be as simple as mixing, sand, humus based compost and maybe even some azomite into your soil.
These are great for blending that soil with the things it needs to drain better and be more effective.
Raised Beds and Containers
Another method you can use when dealing with clay soil is to not invite it to the party at all! You can simply build raised beds or grow in containers. This gives you the option to fill those beds and containers with whatever growing medium you can.
This means you can customize beds and containers for growing certain things.
Clay soil is far from a death sentence but it can be a problem if you aren’t careful. Rather than haul it away it would be best to amend that soil so your land becomes fertile, naturally, over time.