Soil Improvement
The soil in two of my garden beds has so much clay it's absolute muck when it's wet and very difficult to make anything grow. It seems to smother new plants. What is the best way to improve it? I live in Kemmerer, Wyoming, which I think is Zone 4, maybe 3. Thanks!
Submitted by kimmergrammy

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing! The best way to improve any kind of soil is by adding organic matter, such as compost. Incorporate as much as you can find to start out; this will help push those tiny clay particles apart, and also encourage beneficial organisms like worms to help keep naturally working the soil for you.

 

You may be able to find large quantities of organic matter available in your area or little or no charge. For exmaple, many munincipalities offer free compost piles for residents. Or contact local tree trimmers and see if you can get some of their sawdust and mix that with well-rotted manure to start your own compost.

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com 

Answered by CostaFarms
Community Answers (2)

started a new flower and vegetable garden. Bought 'rose soil' as recommended at the nursery. Plants started off grow, then died. It is hot 80-100 daily with no rain I water daily. Took off lots of rose soil which I was told was too heavy, and didn't all plants to 'breathe' and replaced it with lighter planting soil. do I need to fertilize or mulch?
Submitted by velittap