We have been in our home since 1978. We have every year added our home compost to the veg areas. We are on heavy clay and even with all the composting...we are still on heavy clay. Got very excited this morning....it rained! But not enough and not for long. The cracks that you can see in the veg area are getting bigger. You can put your hand down them. Using a hose is a waste of time and water. The ground is like concrete. Never known it to be so bad. Thankfully managed to harvest some good crops before the heat took off but can't sow anything else unless we get some real rain.