The problem with a heavy soil is that it can set like concrete in a dry spell but, on the other hand, it does hold the water much better than a sandy soil.
Whatever the soil, the answer is the same – add organic matter and improve the soil structure.
So today I took out a trench where the early potatoes have been harvested and added about a barrowload of the turkey litter that’s been sitting in the compost bin per square yard, which was forked and covered with the soil from the next trench.
I nearly finished after two hours but the back was complaining so limped home for a restorative drop of the amber nectar with a backache pill.
I know this is a lot of hard work but I can really see the improvement in the soil now so hopefully I’ll be paid back in better crops next year.