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 [...]