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When soil is good, plants thrive, but when soil is bad -- well, fortunately, it can be fixed. To do that, you first have to understand what goes into soil, why soil can be difficult, and how to transform it into a growing medium that allows your plants to flourish. First, test your soil; that will determine what your soil has enough of and what it's lacking. Many homeowners have great soil to start with, while others are faced with soil that's too sandy or has too much clay. Amendments can help, including compost, manure, and peat; we offer a guide to how much to work in and how you can change your poor soil into great dirt. Even good soil can benefit from a few additions, including supplemental nutrients; here's how to achieve the best balance and give your plants the best growing conditions possible. While you can amend clay soil, you can also work with what you have by choosing plants that are more tolerant of this type of growing medium. Start with our recommendations of 25 beautiful plants that offer color and texture in the often slippery, solid soil that is clay.

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

Clay soil makes gardening tough. It's slippery when wet, and it bakes solid...

Top 5 Secret and Natural Soil Additives For A Healthy Garden

Eleven years ago I was a "traditional gardener", meaning I used the...

Improve Poor Drainage

Follow these tips to transform a poorly drained area into an easy-care garden.

How to Improve Garden Soil

Many homeowners inherit bad garden soil but you dont have to live with it!...

Evaluate Your Soil

Identify your soil type and then determine the best way to improve it.

How to do a Soil Test

A simple soil test will pinpoint what your soil lacks -- so you won't have to...

Create Rich Soil for Your Garden

Follow these guidelines for working your soil for maximum quality.

Give Your Soil What It Needs

Easy tests to determine what type of soil you have in your garden, plus how to...

Coping with Bad Dirt

The polite phrase is "poor soil," but whatever you call it, you can...

How Organic Matter Helps Your Soil

Compost, well-rotted manure, and other forms of organic matter can improve jus...

Better Gardener: 4 Seed Starting Kits That Work For Your Garden

Midsummer can be a challenging time for my front lawn ornamental edible...

3 Ways To Frost Proof Your Garden

Fall is almost upon us, so it is time to start planning for how you are going...

What is the Best Way to Improve Soil in an Established Perennial Bed?

What is the best way to improve the soil in an established perennial bed? Is...

Garden Soil 101

Just because you have a garden doesn't mean you have good garden soil. Luckily...

Soil Amendments & Nutrients

What to add to your soil to make it better and more productive.

Improving Clay Soil

Don't let clay soil keep you from having a beautiful garden.

Save Water With Your Container Gardens - 2 Easy-To-Do Ideas

Want container gardens without the pain of regular watering? Planting...

Recycle Gutters Into A DIY Vertical Shade Garden

Big, blank, shady walls are bullies in my garden. Limited by no sun, dry...

Guide to Soils and Potting Mixes

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home an...

3 Top Summer Garden Gloves Reviewed

Finally it is summer and with the coming of summer, we mark the beginning of...

Topsoil 101

Think one soil is the same as another? That's not the case. Knowing the answer...

What Is Well-Drained Soil?

I'd like to know what is meant by "well-drained soil."

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