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nuala
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:57 pm    Post subject: hi there Reply with quote

novice, nervous gardner with heavy blue clay from the cold north. Looking forward to hearing advice and inspiration. Rolling Eyes [/quote]
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nuala and welcome to Irish Gardeners or IG for short. There are other novices here (I'm no expert myself Rolling Eyes) so no need to worry about that. What part of the north are you from?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to Irish gardeners, Nuala.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 1:10 am    Post subject: Blue clay Reply with quote

Welcome Nuala

Please feel free to ask anything your not sure of, thats what this forum is all about.

To answer your question on blue clay soil, there are a number of option, Mix in sharp sand and humus into the soil by rototilling it. The same will break up the clay and the humous will add organic matter to the mix. Clay is actually high in nutrients but difficult for the plants to grow in. If this is not feasable you can alway make raised beds with railroad ties or a couple of layers of 4x4's. This may be the easiest thing to do if rototilling is not an option.

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