How to Plant a Flower Bed in Clay Soil – This Old House

How to Plant a Flower Bed in Clay Soil – This Old House

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for successfully growing flowers in stubborn clay soil. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Full episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z4oiqFq43k&list=PLkJADc1qDrr-UizPmo33kfL3ed8Jmt6Ja&index=21

How to Propogate Plants from Cuttings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzwVKZ6UoGM&index=59&list=PLkJADc1qDrr_0NxtmzECiOWkr5de82kXV

How to Plant a Raised Garden Bed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzuuavHTq6c&index=77&list=PLkJADc1qDrr_0NxtmzECiOWkr5de82kXV

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXDpZvdBqNY&index=2&list=PLkJADc1qDrr_0NxtmzECiOWkr5de82kXV

Shopping List for How to Plant a Flower Bed in Clay Soil:
– assorted potted plants
– expanded shale and compost
– river rocks
– hardwood mulch

Tools for How to Plant a Flower Bed in Clay Soil:
– garden fork and rotary tiller
– garden rake
– hose
– garden trowel
– soil separator

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26 Comments

  1. Jonathan Melancon on May 17, 2019 at 9:52 pm

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

  2. Porsche924Tim on May 17, 2019 at 9:52 pm

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

  3. ordinary chap on May 17, 2019 at 9:56 pm

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

  4. K R on May 17, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    the quality in this old house lately…

  5. Tyler Shackles on May 17, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    "Roger while we finish forking" lol

  6. andrew harmon on May 17, 2019 at 10:09 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.

  7. GoodDay on May 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    0:40 why is touching compost lol

  8. Charles Damery on May 17, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    The less lawn the better.

  9. Richard Yin on May 17, 2019 at 10:14 pm

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

  10. g on May 17, 2019 at 10:16 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

  11. Steph S on May 17, 2019 at 10:18 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

  12. SmoothChino on May 17, 2019 at 10:19 pm

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

  13. Ezekiel's Call on May 17, 2019 at 10:21 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..

  14. Luis Guevara on May 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    3:45 cool….I didn’t know that

  15. Jerry Perry on May 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Wish I had those resources.

  16. J Coleman on May 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Don’t neglect the well-defined edge!

  17. Jimboo0825 on May 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm

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

  18. Ford ST on May 17, 2019 at 10:27 pm

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

  19. Jason Chen on May 17, 2019 at 10:28 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…

  20. Steve Sullivan on May 17, 2019 at 10:30 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.

  21. TheIVJackal on May 17, 2019 at 10:31 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.

  22. Sea Sparkle on May 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm

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

  23. Mini Tran on May 17, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    What abouts sand& mulch?

  24. Mosahid Ali on May 17, 2019 at 10:41 pm

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

  25. ArcanePath360 on May 17, 2019 at 10:42 pm

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

  26. Jakob Dering on May 17, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Perfect southern accent

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