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Posted by michael1846 6 (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 22:10

Im going to start a hardy succulent garden. I have a thin long peace of land that i want to plant it in. My soil is clay-e i was wondering for the best drainage can i just dig up the soil and replace it with a cactis mix?Or can i put some sand in it. If i do put sand in it can i use playsand. (Its cheep and animal safe) would that even help? I already mixed in some genaric potting soil and some crushed leaves. What else shouild i do ? (Also if you were wondering my soil is a brown clay not the super thick red kind)


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I'd build up the area to promote drainage, and incorporate a lot of stone and grit - pea gravel, pumice, turface, et cetera.

Josh


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What Josh said, notice he didn't say "sand". In order for sand to help clay in good old earth takes a HUGE amount of sand. If you add too little you will make cement.

tj


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Wow i could see myself accidentally making cement


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 20, 14 at 9:32

Build a raised bed and fill with an appropriate soil. Don't amend the clay soil under the bed. You'll need a way to use gravity to ensure water drains away from the site, so a trench, shallow ditch, or tile to ensure the 'bathtub effect' that will happen under the bed w/o a drain (even if you don't amend the native soil), won't/can't occur.

Al


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