Don’t settle for poor soil
Poor soil comes in many forms. If it’s compacted, break it up by traditional single digging, using a pick if necessary to loosen the bottom. Avoid the temptation to rotavate, which merely creates a fluffy Christmas pudding over the hard surface beneath and is a recipe for waterlogging.
If the soil is a stiff clay, you should secretly rejoice, for, with proper cultivation, plenty of organic matter and keeping off it when it’s wet, this, in time, is the best soil of all: all those oakwoods can’t be wrong.
If the soil is a stiff clay, you should secretly rejoice, for this, in time, is the best soil of all’