The soil at my house is 100% red clay. I tilled my garden area for over an hour breaking it up as much as possible. I then added several bags of compost and 1 bag of manure and tilled that in. It looked good until the first rain fell and the sun came back out, now the soil is rock hard once again!
I am thinking of doing a lasagna garden on top of my current site along with a traditional compost this fall when the vegetables are finished. Has anyone done this before?
I want to lay wet news paper down, grass clippings, mulch, peat moss, food scraps, brown leaves etc. wet it down real good and then cover it with a black tarp to lock in moisture and retain heat. I was figuring I could let this rot over the entire winter season, turning it once a month and then eventually tilling it all in the following spring.
As I stated I am also going to start a traditional compost pile as well to help out and I'm starting a worm bin (should keep me somewhat occupied this winter). Just curious if anyone has tried this approach to improve your soils condition.