take advantage of Georgia clay
As you know red Georgia clay can be an incredibly annoying to deal with when you want to plant a garden. Its a little late to start a garden this year but for future reference I would like to share a method for dealing with clay hardened soil.
You will need a few things.
1. A 5 lb. mattock for digging and breaking clay
2. Scott's organic topsoil - about $2 per bag
3. Coffee Grounds - free at starbucks
4. A sunny spot for gardening with way to much clay.
This method will efficiently help you with a relatively small garden. Basically its simple.. You can till a garden into clay soil and mix it with 80 dollars worth of topsoil but it will still harden up into clay when it bakes under the sun. The best way I have found to deal with this problem is to take a 5 lb. mattock and dig out a hole for each plant, we will use tomatoes for example. You want the hole to be about the size of a bag of topsoil. You are going to need an entire bag of topsoil for each plant so this is were the idea becomes expensive if you want to plant a large bed. Pour the bag of topsoil and mix 3 fist fulls of coffee grounds into the hole and tamp it down because the soil will settle. Plant your tomato in the soil the same way you would normally plant a tomato and pull about 2 inches of clay back over the soil. Create a basin around your plant and voila. The clay retains mositure and when it soilidfies it will create a natural oven around your plant roots which will grow like crazy in their loose topsoil wrapped in a clay envelope. The best part about this method is that after about 3 years of doing this in the same spot the top soil breaks down all of the clay and it naturally does away with the bad clay problem. Hope this helps.