27 thoughts on “How to Plant a Flower Bed in Clay Soil – This Old House

    Sandra rodriguez

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    Thanks for posting a video, here in Texas is kind of hard grow plants

    Ford ST

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    I have red clay soil you should see my garden. You can grow in it just fine.

    Mini Tran

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    What abouts sand& mulch?

    g

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    Well I watched the video a while back and did what he said .. I've been watering for about a year and a half.. and wow I'm tired

    Mosahid Ali

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    They don’t know what they are going! They are flattening the ground ! Should use a board to distribute their weight!

    Steve Sullivan

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    I got clay so concentrated that you can make pot out of that crap. Also if you are building a house MAKE SUREyou tell the contractor to set a side the top soil ,then replace it,if you don't some times they just pack clay around the foudation,after the throw contractor trash in and cover it up.

    K R

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    the quality in this old house lately…

    Tyler Shackles

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    "Roger while we finish forking" lol

    andrew harmon

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    Thats not clay soil, ive been dealing with clay for the last few years and the best way ive found to get rid of clay or cover it up is a mix of saw dust, gypsum, and Utelite Soil Conditioner.

    Steph S

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    how do you till without a tiller though? we have an irrigation system and I am afraid to use a tiller and hit the system under, not sure how deep they buried everything

    SmoothChino

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    my biology recognized your biology and they didn't like each other. it's all about the biology.

    Ezekiel's Call

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    clay already retains a ton of water.. why would you mix compost into it? Clay tends to hold onto water, and to stay wet after a rain..

    ordinary chap

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    That's not clay …… And if it were you wouldn't want to be adding "water holding" materials.

    Richard Yin

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    perlite/vermiculite…..organic material tilled in….woodchips tilled in too…gypsum….and cover crops. Might take a few seasons, but it works

    Jonathan Melancon

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    Never thought I'd hear a southern accent on This Old House. Love it!

    Jason Chen

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    i reckon you should simply change the soil….. my local price is $50/m3 for mixed garden soil….and spend $50 to hire a jack hammer with a clay spade…

    TheIVJackal

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    I thought you want to bury the plant and inch or two below the level of the soil so that any moisture that does occur, falls into the plant. That's what they do in other dry places.
    If it's up higher, the water runs off and less of it stays on the plant.

    GoodDay

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    0:40 why is touching compost lol

    Sea Sparkle

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    I have heavier clay soil than this, will adding sand help?

    Jerry Perry

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    Wish I had those resources.

    ArcanePath360

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    Makes my flowerbed look like crap. Time to get tilling now!

    Luis Guevara

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    3:45 cool….I didn't know that

    J Coleman

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    Don't neglect the well-defined edge!

    Porsche924Tim

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    In Tennessee we have CLAY, not like their soil.  I wish our clay soil was that easy to work with.

    Jimboo0825

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    If they think that's clay soil, then they don't belong in landscaping

    Jakob Dering

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    Perfect southern accent

    Charles Damery

    (June 14, 2019 - 4:55 pm)

    The less lawn the better.

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