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Postby dj_bartender » Apr 22, 2009 1:19 am

Okay i live in good ole winnipeg manitoba and there is a group of us that have been given permission to start 6 garden plots close to the red river.... we are wanting this to be as organic as possible..

We are already planning on shaving off the sod....
following that turn the soil or what ever may be there (that is a the mystery)

as we all know there is red river clay and are wondering the best way to do battle with the clay and bust it up...

Also is clay buster organic and what is it?

with there being 6 of us we have some ideas mine being adding some sand to help bust the clay up some followed by some peat and manure...

what is the best or easiest way possible with dealing with clay?

Also what would be missing?
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Re: New Garden plots

Postby Eeyore » Apr 22, 2009 10:30 am

When you add the sand make sure it is coarse sand and not the playground sand. Then as you suggest lots of compost . Clay is actually quite high in nutrients but it holds too much water, so if you do indeed have clay and are able to work in enough sand and compost to break it up it should be good. You'll need to add compost every year.
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Re: New Garden plots

Postby MDAVIS » Apr 26, 2009 2:23 pm

I have nothing but clay in my land as well and am trying to create a vegetable garden.. so far this is what I've learned;

you need to break it up by incorporating other materials such as compst, sand, soil, peat moss....

also it may be a good idea to raise the bed a bit as well with good soil
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