Allotment newbie, any clay-related advice?!
I have just taken over an allotment that seems as though it has been neglected for a while, there are thistles and weeds and grass everywhere. I am a newbie so apologies for any inaccuracies in this post!
I started tackling it yesterday and removed some weeds. The soil is very much clay with some small stones in, and there are a few raised beds with some John-Innes-type fine soil which have strawberry plants and rhubarb in.
Does anyone have any tips for how to make the clay soil better? I have access to lots of perlite if that might help drainage? Or will I need something bigger like stones as perlite might be difficult to mix with the clay?
I plan on putting some more raised beds in, and also have a cold frame that I intend to grow cabbages/pak choi in to keep out the slugs.
I also have a few leftover bags of topsoil, will this be suitable?
I haven't tested the pH yet but will do very soon.
Other than this, I plan on growing broccoli, french beans, babycorn and tomatoes.
Any suggestions welcome, thanks very much