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Print Length: 31 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 8, 1995)
Publication Date: January 8, 1995
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Contrary to a 1-star review, covering the clay with better soil is only one suggestion, and even the author says it usually isn't practical. Not only are suggestions made on how to improve the soil, but also what *not* to do. Specific, real world examples are given. Some techniques take time, so do not expect overnight solutions. Unless, of course, you haul in 12" of new top soil.*** Amended While the minimum of 50% sand used in this booklet is the most common figure I have found, NCSU's Urban Horticultural Note #3 advises at least 70% sand for their clay soils. They also suggest using pea gravel, roughly 3/8", instead. It doesn't lead to compaction like sand in lower quantities can.
This small, easy to read pamphlet lays out the exact how to's and what not to do working with clay soil. Clay soil can be so frustrating to work with but with the help of this book I feel that I can be much more successful in improving my soil thereby enjoying greater success in my gardening.
This bulletin is pretty short, as all Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins are. If you are looking for a thorough, complete, exhaustive guide, glance at the page count for this booklet and move along.That said, there's a lot of useful information in this book. It discusses the various soil amendments you can use to change the texture of your soil, including how they'll affect the soil pH and how often you'll need to re-apply them. (And yes, it does say that one option is to truck in a whole new layer of top soil, because it is one way to deal with the problem, but it also mentions how expensive that would be.) It also discusses when and how to work with the soil to avoid turning your yard into a giant brick.One thing i didn't like, though, was the suggestion to grow things like mint in order to break up the soil. The author suggests that you can simply pull the mint out when you're ready to plant something else there, but in my experience, getting rid of mint is much harder than that.
I've been gardening since 1975 . . . we recently moved to the Cincinnati area to a neighborhood less than 10 years old . . . the developer stripped and sold top soil . . . so we have rocks and clay. For a vegetable garden area we purchased a yard of top soil that is still high composition of clay. This is a simple short read with points on softening as well as adding drainage to clay soil.
I was not sure about these Storey County pamphlets, since they obviously enjoy a high profit margin despite their lower cost. But I haven't been able to reproduce this information on clay soils after looking in several longer texts.
While all of these are pulled from various sources and are the 'cliff notes' of the prepping world they give a good outline and place to start without having to buy numerous books with unnecessary information. These give you the meat with out the filer.
I have some serious clay in our yard where I want to grow the garden so I am looking forward to implementing the tips from this book. I long for regular dirt but at least I can hopefully be a successful gardner with this book.
I would have liked to have had more in depth information for the price paid ($3) but I still found what I was looking for when I bought the book. A short, to the point treatment of the subject of what you can do to make gardening in clay soil possible and even fruitful. The informal manner also makes it a pleasant read.
Gardening in Clay Soil: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-140 (Storey Publishing Bulletin) Gardening in Sandy Soil: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-169 (Storey Publishing Bulletin, a-169) Improving Your Soil: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-202 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) Making Natural Milk Soap: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-199 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, a-199) Grafting Fruit Trees: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-35 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) Grow the Best Tomatoes: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-189 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) Easy-to-Build Adirondack Furniture: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-216 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-54 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) Natural & Herbal Family Remedies: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-168 (Storey Publishing Bulletin, a-168) Grow the Best Peppers: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-138 (Storey Publishing Bulletin) Grow the Best Blueberries: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-89 (Country Wisdom Bulletins, Vol. a-89) Gardening:The Simple instructive complete guide to vegetable gardening for beginners (mini farming,Preparedness Gardening,Vertical Gardening,Gardening ... Gardening, Organic Gardening, aquaponic) Starting Seeds Indoors: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-104 Easy-Care Water Garden Plants (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-236) Landscaping with Bulbs: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-99 Cold Storage for Fruits & Vegetables: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-87 Chair Caning and Seat Weaving: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-16 Building Simple Furniture: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-06 Hydroponic Gardening: How To Grow 40 Pounds of Organic Produce 50% Faster With No Soil And No Yard (hydroponic gardening, aquaponics, square foot gardening, ... container gardening, urban homestead) Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guide to Soil and Composting: The Complete Guide to Building Healthy, Fertile Soil (Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guides (Houghton Mifflin))