wordwiz wrote:IME, clay only becomes cloddy if worked when it is not dry. If it is allowed to dry completely, you should have a clod larger than a big pebble.
I can second that...
I tilled up a garden spot for the first time this year.... added in a couple 4 x 6 x 4 trailor loads of horse manure (from stables) Ground got very nice, and I am excited about the planst it is producing.
I did (one time till my soil when it was too wet, and it codded up, and then got "hard as a rock". When it dried out I tilled it again to help solve the problem. So if you live where there is a lot of caly soil (like I do in GA).. never till the ground if it is wet.
My Dad has a garden behind his house... he's been planting it in the same place now for about 10 years... his soil is fine a pebbles. So easy to till, and hoe out weeds.
Life is great..... but if you get lemons - compost them
Near Atlanta GA... newbie to gardening & Composting