Three Steps to Turning Clay into Growing Soil

clay soilWhile you may want to use clay in your garden, it’s important to note that this resource is not ideal for growing plants. However, when it’s your only option, there are steps you can take to improve the condition of your clay soil. Take a look below to find out how to turn clay into growing soil.

1. Get your soil tested.

  • It’s important to know what you’re starting with, so make sure to get your soil tested right away. You can do this by simply purchasing a soil testing kit. Just follow the directions that are listed and then ship off that sample to the state lab. Once you do this, you’ll get detailed information on what exactly you’ll have to do to improve your soil.

2. Make the correct changes to your soil.

  • Typically, the best way to improve your soil is by buying some kind of fertilizer. When you purchase a bag of it, you’ll see that a ratio is listed on there telling you the relative amounts of NPK found it it. Of course, N stands for Nitrogen, while P represents phosphorus and K means potassium. If you’re an organic gardener, we recommend sticking to organic fertilizer in your garden, in addition to compost.

3. Add secondary macronutrients to your soil.

  • When you receive the results from your soil test, you may see that your clay soil is lacking in nutrients like calcium, sulfur and magnesium. If this is the case, you’ll need to address the problem and make the necessary changes. For starters, to alter the level of sulfur in your soil, head to your local nursery. There, you’ll be able to buy the tools needed to make this type of modification. As far as calcium goes, to increase the amount of this element in your soil just crush up some eggshells and scatter the pieces around your plants. Lastly, to improve the magnesium in your soil create a mixture that contains 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts and 1 quart of warm water. Blend these ingredients together well and then spray the concoction over your plants. In time, you’ll see that this mixture will help your plants blossom faster than ever.

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