Mud bath problem with new raised vegetable beds
We looking for advice please on how to resolve a problem with the filling of our new raised beds.
We wanted to turn our hands to growing veg this year. Our garden is almost completely clay so we removed two skip loads of soil to level off a sloping bank and have spent the last few weekends making timber raised beds to put there. We have four of 1.5m x 1.5m.
We asked our local landscaping company what to fill them with and ordered 8 builders bags of grade A topsoil. After barrowing all of this in, we watered the beds yesterday to get them ready for planting. But the water just pooled on the top of the soil in huge puddles. We tried turning the soil over and now have beds full of mud😟. It doesn’t look great for planting. What have we done wrong? What can we do now?
Looking online now maybe we should have used a mix of topsoil and compost? But the thought of barrowing lots of the soil out again and buying lots of compost (£££) does not appeal. Is this what we have to do? Could the top soil be the wrong kind of soil? Should we add sand? Any advice is welcome. Thank you.