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crusty soil

Discussion in 'NEW Gardeners !' started by SandyNI, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. SandyNI

    SandyNI Gardener

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    I have three new flower beds and really heavy clay soil. In spring I dug in bark compost before planting bedding plants and a few perennials. The soil constantly forms a crust so when it rains, all I have is puddles! I dig it over carefully with a small fork, but within days, the crust has formed again.... along with the puddles. I have a compost heap this year so I'm hoping to dig that in come Autumn. Am I worrying unnecessarily about my crust and puddles, or is there something I can do now?
     
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    Palustris Total Gardener

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    You are doing it already. Possibly would be worth putting a mulch of the bark type stuff on the surface. That would keep the moisture in and stop the surface from drying out. Put it on when the soil is wet.
     
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    • SandyNI

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      Thanks... I'll try that. Actually, that makes a lot of sense because the top layer is drying out very quickly.
       
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