as a follow on from my thread last week about improving heavy clay soil, at the weekend i spent most of the 2 days digging up LOTS of HEAVY(!!) waterlogged clay, about just above knee deep, digging in LOTS of sharp sand (x10 bags of this stuff: http://www.diy.com/nav/build/building-materials/aggregates-cement/standard_bagged_aggregates/B-and-Q-Sharp-Sand-Natural-Large-Bag-9273145?noCookies=false) as well as gravel/grit.
im not sure if anyone else around the country had the same weather but during the afternoon on saturday we had thunder, lightning, hailstones, blustery winds and to top it off lots of heavy rain for most of the rest of the day! after the downpour, and half way through digging, as some of the soil had compacted from me standing on it, LOTS of water gathered on the surface, it was like a bloody pond. i manually removed TEN BUCKETFULS of water of the surface of about 3m sq. area
the sunken area you see used to have a shed there, and it's on a slope, which is why the water has accumulated at the end of the grass.
my question is now, im really not sure what to do with this area. the consistency now of the soil in that area is like cement, all squidgy and splodgy. its one of the sunnier places of the garden and my preference is to have a raised bed there, but im not quite sure how to go about it and ensuring that it doesnt get waterlogged constantly ?