by Cindy Andrie
Question by L H: what do i do if the soil in my garden is to dry?
i’ve decided to plant a garden, its actually my first time doing it alone. I live in Illinois and I plan to grow lettuce, tomatoes, carrotts and strawberries. I was told that is you grab a fist of dirt and is breaks apart when you let is go it meant it was good soil to plant in. well i did that and it kinda klumped together. now I know this is bad since the plants wont be able to grow right. my question is what to i do to make is more loose or not as dry.
Answer by BigBro Paul
By the looks of it, its kind of clay soil you got. The best remedy for that would be to add sand and garden soil to make the soil more porous and easier for the roots to grow. I usually try the 1part clay, 1 part loam and 1 part sand mixture. How you can do this is simple: Loosen the area you plan to plant. Measure the total soil you tilled, say if you were able to have 1 pail of clay soil, add 1 pail loam or garden soil, 1 pail river sand not the seashore sand. Then mix them well together. Yo can add slow release fertilizer to the mixture for great result. Drainage is important so make sure water will not stagnate because you got a clayey soil.
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