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    burnie is offline Veggie gardener
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    If all else fails dig it out, have a pond and make some pots for plants with the clay.
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    Don't stamp it all down. The soil food web (microscopic life) needs air which is another reason to compost and add organic materiel. Puddle in new plants to settle soil around roots but trample as little as possible except for brassica.
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    Perfect, thanks very much for the replies everyone
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    I've got clay too, clay stores many many nutrients but just needs to be broken down so you can work it.
    Over the past few years I have been adding my own compost, shop bought compost (buy the bags that is ripped you get a hefty discount!) and a few bags of alpine grit. I also add perlite to potted on veg until they are ready to go out and when the veg is done it remains in the ground so that will add a bit more drainage.
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    You could also try growing one of the green manures.Which can then be dug into the soil to improve

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...r-green-manure
    Field beans, lupins and grazing ryes do the digging for you. Their extensive, deep roots will help break up soil. If you have a pan of clay, don't break your back trying to dig it apart just sow some beans.
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    How's it going, SMW? Have you had any growing successes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeHappyFlutterBy View Post
    IMO The Graudian article is giving a false impression, implying that grazing ryes will do the digging for you. You still have to dig it in!
    Plus IMO it's very difficult to dig it in and do it well enough to prevent regrowth.

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    Clay soil is very fertile, but it holds on to it, you need to release it.
    Manure, compost, cardboard, or anything remotely organic, just get it in or lay it on top and let the bacteria and worms do their job.
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    Feed the soil, not the plants.
    (helps if you have cluckies)

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