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Simple Ways to Condition Clay Soil

Seeds are flying off the shelves in stores and online, that means new gardeners, and new garden plots. Many people in the Northern Kentucky area have clay soil in their yards which can be challenging to work with but do not fret! There are very easy and FREE ways to condition your clay soil to help your garden grow. Clay soil is very dense and holds water. This is both a great thing and a terrible thing. Water retention is very helpful during summer months and really high temperatures but many plants need well drained roots to thrive. Conditioning your clay gives you the best of both worlds. There is still plenty of time to condition your soil. Most vegetables can be planted as late in the season as June 15. 1 Turn the soil before planting anything. This means flipping the soil upside down with a garden fork or a shovel, or using a rototiller. Do this at least once before planting but strive for twice. I like to flip my soil a day or two before a big rain because it helps the soil settle and helps break down some of the huge clumps of clay. I prefer a garden fork because I like the exercise and find it easier than a shovel. Using a rototiller is great but make sure the soil isn't too wet or it'll be a sticky mess. 2 When you turn your soil, do not remove any growing grass or weeds. Leaving the vegetation helps fertilize your soil as it rots from being turned over and no longer getting water and sunlight. This also helps break up the clay and promotes drainage. Worried about weeds growing in the [...]

Winter Sowing

Winter Sowing Winter sowing is a method of cold weather gardening that allows you to grow vegetables while it is still cold to get ahead in the growing season. I learned about winter sowing a few years ago from my friend Amber, who lives on a farm in Campbell County, Kentucky. Its not too late in the season to get started since ground planting is not recommended until after Mother's Day in our area (growing zone 6a). Here are some easy steps you can take to start winter sowing. Do you have clear plastic bottles or plastic bins such as the ones that hold spring mix? You can use winter sowing to turn those items into mini green houses. Any clear bottle will do. 2. Make sure you put holes in the bottom of the container for proper drainage otherwise your seeds could mold. 3. If you use something like a milk jug or a 2 liter, remove the lid for ventilation, or just poke some holes in the top of your container for ventilation. This keeps your sweet plant babies from being burned up in a hot environment. 4. If using a bottle, cut it in half. 5. Fill containers  with soil. You can use soil from your yard, which helps if that is the same soil you will transplant your plants into, or use organic garden soil. 6. Put in your seeds. If planting tomatoes or other vegetables that get large 1 to 2 seeds is best so you have an easier time transplanting later. Things like lettuce and herbs can be grown much closer together if they will be planted closer together in the garden. Make sure to use a [...]

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