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How can I improve a heavy clay soil?

To improve heavy clay soil, you can follow these steps:

Add Organic Matter: Incorporate well-rotted compost, aged manure, or leaf mould into the soil. This helps improve drainage, aeration, and nutrient content.

Mulch: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or straw, to the soil surface. Mulching helps prevent compaction, retains moisture, and provides a gradual source of organic matter as it breaks down.

Avoid Overworking: Avoid excessive tilling or digging of clay soil, as it can lead to compaction. Instead, use a no-dig approach and focus on improving the soil structure gradually over time.

Raised Beds: Consider creating raised beds filled with a mixture of improved soil and compost. This provides better drainage and allows for easier cultivation.

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