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Post  amycooper27 on 3/21/2016, 5:59 am

Good morning fellow gardeners! I love trying new things in my garden. Last year was not a good harvest and I was at a loss as to the problem. At the request of my local Agway retail store I checked the Ph level of my garden. I was surprised as the little needle was high in the red! I added compost both organic and what I got from the farm down the road, tilled and mixed it in. But still that didn't help. Not sure if anyone started midway through a growing season to find the culprit but I did. What I found is that when my home was build (back in the 80's) soil sand and clay was just dumped around my foundation. Large boulders where added as fillers. its the clay that is the problem. I dug down 8" in my garden in random spots and every time I got clay. Nothing grew. So this year I decided to build raised beds and fill it with a good mix of soil, compost and perlite. I welcome any advise on the right type of mixes. Also I decide to offer up a portion of my harvest to my church and friends so any ideas on how to achieve a high yield will be appreciated.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/21/2016, 7:57 am

Welcome to the forum, Amy! Most of us follow some version of Square Foot Gardening developed by Mel Bartholomew and found in his books by the same name. His formula for success begins with Mel's Mix, which is equal parts compost, vermiculite, and peat. I would really recommend reading the All New Square Foot Gardening, as it is full of time saving and back saving info.

I have clay soil that will not support annuals. My perennial beds do fine, but not veggies. My raised beds were über productive last year, and I am sure yours will be too!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/21/2016, 8:43 am

Hi AmyCooper. Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

I've got clay here too. But I don't have to dig down to find it.... Our subdivision was built in the middle of old pasture land. And it's ALL clay!

The All New SFG method is wonderful! No digging, don't have to worry about the clay... You'll be much happier!


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Post  sanderson on 3/21/2016, 5:40 pm

Amy, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here I recommend reading All New Square Foot Gardening. One can put beds down on concrete driveways, patios, bricks, lawn, clay/rocky soil or even up in the air as a table top.


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