Re: Soil problem in Vegetable garden

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Posted by Newt on May 09, 2003 at 12:14:56:

In Reply to: Soil problem in Vegetable garden posted by Laura Looman on May 06, 2003 at 09:42:15:

: My husband and I want to grow a garden to cut down on our food bills.
: We rent an appartment and the landlord is allowing us to use a section of land for the garden.
: We tilled it two weeks ago and the soil has alot of roots in it and seems to contain clay because it clumps and doesn't fall apart easily.
: The area of the garden is @ 12 X 60.
: Some people have told us to add sand to the soil to help the drainage put that would cost alot and I wouldn't know how much to add anyways.
: I am looking for any suggestions.

Hi Laura,

I agree with Tom C. Compost (yard waste that has decomposed) is the best thing you can add to your soil to break up the clay and feed the plants. I would suggest you start a compost pile for next year. Also, consider doing 'lasagna' composting for the winter (see encluded sites) or a cover crop of rye that can be tilled in for a green manure for next year. Rye seeds are inexpensive and easy to use. Here's some sites that should be helpful.

http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/soil/
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/soil/2000042647001285.html
http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/SoilBiology/soil_biology_primer.htm
http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/covercrop.html#principle
http://www.soilfoodweb.com/phpweb/
http://www.mastercomposter.com/ref/orgmat1.html
http://www.gardenguides.com/TipsandTechniques/greenmanure.htm
http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06220.htm
http://csf.colorado.edu/perma/no_till.html

Hope I didn't overwhelm you with too many sites. Good luck with your garden.
Newt

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