Dear Fellow Gardener:
Award winning author Doug Green outlines the practical ways you can deal with clay soils in your garden. He gives you all the options, from organic matter to digging to gypsum and even to what’s involved in installing drainage tiles. He does all this with his typical brand of humor explaining practical no-nonsense gardening techniques learned in his own clay-soil garden.
Plant Lists for Clay Soils
And if readers don’t want to do any of the tough work, Doug also lists the plants that grow on clay soils – the bulbs, perennials and bigger shrubs and trees that can form a backbone of summer long blooms and shade for just about any clay soil garden.
A Practical Book
This is another practical how-to gardening ebook from this 30-year veteran of the nursery trade. From working for Canada’s largest perennial nursery to owning his own specialist plant nursery, Doug has grown and experimented with thousands of plants in a variety of growing conditions.
His current garden features both shallow soils and clay soils and his raised bed cottage garden is the cover of this ebook. Doug delivers no-nonsense, practical advice with humor to help you solve your gardening problems.
I thoroughly enjoyed Doug Green’s reliable and often humorous guide to basic soil science, along with the wonderful quotes that Doug gathered about soil and dirt! Love love love the home garden photographs too. Great information that will enable anyone to garden on heavy clay soils.
Geri Laufer Author Tussie-Mussies: The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers
“Wish I had this book when I lived in Texas and gardened on gumbo clay! I learned by trial and error, but it was a long process. This book would have shortened the process and given more ideas.”
Doreen Howard Author, Editor, Blogs at the Old Farmers Almanac
As someone who also has worked with clay (and not on a potter’s wheel), I wish I had this book twenty years ago. Not only comprehensive, covering many aspects of soil, it provides excellent detail on the problem of gardening on clay.
David Hobson Author Diary of a Mad Gardener
“Doug Green’s Gardening on Clay looks at something that many gardeners consider a curse: Clay. But instead of treating a clay-based soil as a curse, Green explains what it is, how to manage it for best results, and then talks about plants that perform well in clay. Gardening on Clay is written in a way that even non-gardeners will understand. In the section on soil composition, Green uses money to explain soil particle size, saying: ‘Let me give you another way of looking at this. If sand ranges in dollar amounts between a dime and 2 dollars, then silt is a nickel and clay is a fifth of a penny.’ A great read.”