Posted: 27/01/2014 at 14:59
An old country name for February is February Fill-dyke - meaning that it will be wet, whether because of heavy rain or melting snow. February is the time for planning - not working your garden. The old country gardeners will tell you not to walk on the soil when it sticks to your boots.
No matter what the soil is like you do not need to be working on it in the wet - you will do more harm than good by breaking up the structure and compacting the clay subsoil.
When it begins to dry, hopefully in March, you can dig in some organic matter - garden compost and/or well-rotted farmyard manure, and grit if it needs it.
For now the best thing you can do is make a compost bin and start to make compost if you don't already do it, because clay soil needs lots of compost - the rest of the time don't feel guilty, enjoy sitting down with your seed catalogues and gardening books and conserve your energy - you'll need it later in the year