clay soil, new flower bed
I've tried starting a new flower bed in our sticky clay Indiana yard. Last summer we killed the grass by covering it with a thick layer of wood chip mulch. I have so many questions! The soil is dense and sticky when wet, hard like cement when dry. Would you classify this area as "poorly drained," since some plants do well in that situation? Can I fix it by renting a tiller and tilling sand or peat moss into it? What do I do with the wood chips, remove them before tilling or till them in as well, hoping they rot into the soil by next year? Is there any other way besides tilling to get around this problem? I had $100 worth of new plants die after I planted them in this flower bed. The daylilies that are blooming are smaller than everyone else's in the area.