Real World Gardener Designing Gardens with Clay Soil

April 28th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio


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The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his
album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website

Design Elements

with landscape designer Louise McDaid

This month, Design elements is
still fixing your garden design problems that are based on soil conditions in
your garden.

If you’ve ever parked around a
tree and not thought much about it, think again, because you’re reducing the
amount of oxygen in the soil through soil compaction.

Plants actually do need oxygenated
soil to live and grow.

What do you do if you have heavy
clay soil?
Let’s find out how to garden with
this particular soil profile in garden?

Clay soil might be hard to dig, but
also dries into an impenetrable rock like substance eventually.

As we mentioned, there are a number
of ways to improve the soil, or you can go with the flow and grow plants that
appreciate that type of environment.

Of course if you want to grow
carrots and parsnips, or a plant that
your really hanker for, buy or make one of those raised veggie gardens that
stand about a metre or more above the soil.

Adding sand to clay soils doesn’t
improve clay soils, it just makes sandy clay, and that’s just a bad

As I said last week, there’s quite a
few things you can do to improve clay soil profiles, but remember if you try
and do it all at once it’ll overwhelm you and you’ll feel like giving up. Be
like the tortoise, easy does it, and a bit at a time. Over time, you’ll manage
the conditions and have a fabulous garden, guaranteed.

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