Help please - Cannot cope with heavy clay soil
I am at the end of my tether with our garden. It is a 7 acre old small holding, most is a field and orchard which my husband keeps cut with old tractor. But round the house we have flower beds chock full of roses and perennials, and perennial weeds and grass. It is blue slip very heavy clay with high water table.
We have been struggling for 20 years, and in my mid 60s I cannot face trying to weed any more.This seems to be "my job" but I hate it. I have just been digging in one bed. It is so hard just to even get fork in to loosen roots. Then a grass clump comes out with huge amount of solid clay on it, which will not break off. So then the flower bed has lost a lot of soil. In the past I have added lots of material, mushroom compost etc but can't afford to keep buying it every year.
I would happily move somewhere smaller but OH doesn't want to. It's getting me down seeing it such a mess. Can't afford a gardener. I don't want to spend hours every day battling with it.
I am thinking of saying we should get rid of all flower beds and just having grass which he can mow. I don't want to. Are there any other ideas please? Was wondering about just having a couple of raised beds and replacing with a lighter soil.
Anyone else had this problem please. Thankyou.