Clay Clay Go Away! Suggestions needed please
Last year I cleared off 2 acres of land at the end of my property. After hard rains it would drain quick. I would dig holes in multiple spots, dump water and it would drain pretty quick. I was pretty happy with this newly found 2 acres of good soil... it didn't show it's true form until winter showed up. I don't know if it's the extreme wet weather we've had this year or what... but here is what I found.
A week ago the snow melted and it's been 45 for the high ever since with no precip. I figured the ground should be solid back on this 2 acres. I stepped foot on the ground and it's like a sponge. I didn't know what to think so I got my shovel out. I scooped the top 2-3" off and it was very wet. Then I dug my 2' hole. This soil seems moderately dry for some reason. It's clay, but not to bad. The color is a dark brown. After a short while you can see water start to seep in from the cracks in this hole. So it fills the hole.
What are my options at this point? Is this what I thought was good soil really bad or do I just think it's really bad because of the extreme we weather we've had this year? I have 40 plants here waiting to be put in the ground next month. My gut is telling me:
To plant these 40 plants into larger containers & store them until next spring. Then buy a $700 rototiller, 20 yards of top soil at a time, and get going path by path. Maybe rototill and spread dirt for a 100x100 section this spring and maybe a 100x100 section in the fall until it's completed. The rototiller I'm looking at is a rear tine tiller that won't beet you up like a front tiller. Not sure how much a hand tiller can take or if I should find someone with a tractor. But before I bought a hand tiller, I would get a cost from a farmer.
Do I have any other options??