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Heavy Clay Soils Need Organic Material Added

Step 1: Test Soil

To check if you have clay soil, and thus soil that may become waterlogged in winter and be more difficult to dig than other soil types, remove small samples of soil from different spots around the garden from just below the soil surface. Clay soil will feel quite sticky and heavy when shaped in the hand. Try to mold the soil in your hands—the particles of clay soil will hold together well and change shape when pressed.

Step 2: Roll Soil

Heavy clay can even be rolled into a thin cylinder; it will often appear smooth and shiny.

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