Dealing w/ Red Clay?
First year gardener here, first time posting, so hello all!
I have been having an issue with the red clay in my backyard. The area that I have been trying to use, with okay success, is hard red clay. Its about a 150 square foot area. I originally put in 6 bags of manure, a brick of peat and 10 bags of topsoil and tilled it early this summer.
The soil looks like I didn't do anything to it. Its red, drys up and cracks even with proper watering and isn't draining very well.
Is a raised bed my only option? How do NC farmers deal with such a large space of thick red clay? People around me say they don't do much to the soil, perhaps they got lucky?