Wow, bad picture! That’s clay soil for you. It clods up between the rain and dry spells, and more than usual this year. But it is much better than it looks. I like my clay. It holds the moisture longer in a drought and is very rich in nutrients.

In this picture I am planting out my chinese and japanese pumpkins. First I till the soil. Then starting in the middle I spiral outwards making spade holes about 1 meter apart which I fill with rich composted manure. I mix the compost with a bit of the dirt, water the hole and then put a pumpkin plant in each.