Posted: 14/05/2017 at 12:53
Yes, that is the essence of 'no dig' gardening. You need to put a really thick layer of well-rotted manure down the first time (say, 6 inches.) After that add 2-3 inches each year in the autumn and you will eventually have great soil. Until then, when you plant things, you should give each planting hole a bit of extra preparation by mixing in some compost with the soil from the hole before planting. By doing it that way you don't have to break your back by digging in manure and compost over the whole area.
As Ob says, you do need to break it up a bit first and obviously remove bricks etc. A pick axe is a great tool on clay.
Last edited: 14 May 2017 12:55:31