This year will be my 4th year to garden here. My garden was native tallgrass prairie before. The soil was neutral as to pH. It was mostly clay. hen it's wet it's a mess, when it's dry, it's a brick, until it gets dry enough to be a fine powder. I've added several tons of coarse river sand to it. I can buy it for 8 dollars a yard just a few miles away. (I can't believe that 3 miles away there are light, sandy soils.) I added 15 bales of wheat straw last summer. In the fall we put all the spoiled hay, bedding and manure on it when we cleaned out the goat pens, and houses, and the henhouse. My dh hitched up the disc harrow and turned it all with the tractor. I was able to run my tiller over part of it before the constant rains set in. It's a sea of mud now. Dh broadcast winter wheat over the soil so it wouldn't wash my soil away. My MIL says I should put the wood ash from the wood stove on it. Is that a good thing? It doesn't sound like it. I always get blossom end rot on my tomatoes, squash and melons. Last year it wasn't as bad, but still had a little trouble. Is there anything else I can do to help the soil? I've been told I might put sulfur on it, but other folks told me that powdered sulphur is dangerous.