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I have loads of compost; I just rarely use it. While weeding (which I haven't done in two years, mind you) I found that some parts of the bed has insanely clay-ey soil.<br><br>
I am going to dump some compost in, but how much, if at all, should I mix it with the current soil? I recall reading that you shouldn't mess with the soil strata.<br><br>
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THAT'S your dumb question....lol. Man, I wouldn't know the answer to that either lol. Ask away.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:<br>
(You should hear some of the gardening questions I ask.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 

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I would pile on as much compost as you can stand and blend it until the soil stays moist when squeezed. Or you could just pile on the compost and plant directly into it. For my clay areas, I go about 50/50 so if I am going to dig 4 inches down, I pile on 4 inches of compost and blend together.
 

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Treat the compost as mulch and put all around it and you can work the compost into the soil surrounding the plants. The compost as mulch will help with moisture control.
 

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Thanks Max'sMama. I appreciate your help. Now if I could just get someone to buy the blasted pitchfork I've been asking for forever!<br><br>
I'll stalk you in the Diggin' forum, jill, and see what dumb ques you post. We can learn together! (I have a gardening guru for a mil, so that helps immensely.)
 
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