Posted: 25/02/2012 at 09:04
I had this forty eight years ago,Lola, but not any more. The first thing was to try and get some humus in, so two cartloads of cow manure from a local farm was distributed. Then came the cultivation - digging and leaving in ridges for the frost to break down. After that I grew loads of potatoes as that meant earthing up and digging out the crop - all good for breaking up the clay. regular deliveries of horse manure every spring and autumn have kept it in good heart. Clay soil is usually very fertile anyway so don't waste your money on plant feed and fertiliser but make your own compost to augment animal manure. I can grow anything I want in my garden ,even things that like acid soil by careful placing of trees whose leaves break down to acidify the soil . Start with robust plants like potatoes. look round your neighbours' gardens and find out what works for them. a buddeia bush and some valerian(perhaps a white one) would surely not die on you, look lovely, andbring in the pollinators. Roses will flourish too.