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Clay soil

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by SouthernAlberta, May 11, 2012.

  1. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are any of you challenged to grow in clay-based soil? What has worked for you? Post here!
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I don't grow well in clay-based soil either. I prefer being above ground. [​IMG]
    OK, Sorry couldn't resist being silly.

    Here in the Seattle area everything is clay. I find raised beds and lots of organic soil amendments help.
    Native plants and root rot resistant varieties help too.

    Imp- Now if I could do something about the sunlight.
     
  3. Razor1616

    Razor1616 Out Of The Brooder

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    I roto-till straw into the soil wherever i want to plant something. It helps keep it from becoming so compacted again... It usually lasts about 2 to 3 years before it needs worked again.

    ~Nathan
     
  4. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Imp. I live in Canada's sunniest region, but our growing season is still too short for me. Raised beds and container gardens are definitely in my plans because I have dogs that like to dig.

    Hi Nathan. Do you use straw bedding from your coop in your soil?
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I have pretty much given up on vegetables because my trees have grown and the yards are rather shady now. Between that and our normal cloudy days, not enough sun for most veggies.
    I switched over to fruit (tree and berries), and have been having a lot of success. One nice thing about clay is that it contains a lot of minerals and is usually very healthy for plants, if you can work past the heavy wetness of it. Maybe in Alberta the clay isn't as wet as it is here.

    Imp
     
  6. Razor1616

    Razor1616 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would not use straw bedding that is freshly from the coop in a bed that i plan to plant this year. It is best to let the chicken poop compost before planting near it. I just made new beds this year and used fresh new straw. Now i would rec commend that you try to find straw that is not seeded. The straw i used had seeds in it and they are now trying to grow, so that makes it a bit more of a pain to deal with.

    ~Nathan
     
  7. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No kidding! Dandelions are bad enough.


    No, we are semi-desert here.
     
  8. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, my garden was started on clay and rocky soil. After 11 years of picking up rocks, and adding leaves, hay, wood shavings, ash and loads of loam out of the forest, I finally have a fertile plot of ground. I've been using rabbit poo to fertilize, but started tilling the chicken poo, and the bedding in last fall. Rabbit droppings can be used anytime, but chicken manure has to be composted or given time to break down.
     
  9. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tell me about adding ash. Could I use the ashes from my fire pit? What are the benefits?
     
  10. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can. This article tells it better than I could.
    http://www.humeseeds.com/ashes.htm

    edit because link did"t post
     
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