Gardening with Clay

Clay soils are amongst the most challenging for gardeners to tame. Clay particles are small and smooth leaving only small air gaps which fill with water and don’t drain well. This makes them very wet and cold in the winter.

Preparation 

Over time these soils can be improved by adding organic matter such as compost, or by using Gypsum – often marketed as Clay Breaker – digging it in and mixing it with the clay. Fiber Earth Garden Mix Plus is ideal for this. However, this is a long process, often taking 12 months or more to see meaningful results.

Quick Tip

If you’re in a hurry, the best option is to create a raised garden. Once the wooden frame is built and in place, dig the area inside the frame adding compost, seaweed or other organic matter, plus Gypsum. Fill the raised garden with a mix of 50/50 Fiber Earth Garden Mix Plus and a good garden soil or compost. This way the good soil in the raised area is available for planting while the Gypsum and organic matter works on the clay lower down.

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