I am just starting a new garden approximately an acre in size..last season because of no time to start I level the whole site with a JCB and I just seeded it all with grass, which is now well grown and it seems a shame to dig quite a bit up but I would like to start putting some cottage garden borders in...
This morning I drew a roughly to scale plan of where I would like the main house lawn and the cottage garden borders...
One currently lawned area that I would like to start first is approx. 40 yards long and 13 yards wide, (south facing) with a wall approx. 18 yards long on part of the long right side, this wall is the remaining standing back wall from an old barn that once stood on the site...(the standing wall is approx. 7 feet high).
My problem is that when I tried to dig a spade in where I would like the main flower border the floor of the old barn is only about half a spade depth down...
...my thoughts are to try and get some top soil to make the borders...(I do know that when the grass grew this year it did not burn off in the summer heat which I thought it would do with no depth of soil to retain moisure...I am in Normandy France and it was very hot this year)
Could anyone tell me please roughly how many tons of top soil I will need for the new flower border which will run along most of the right hand side of the garden some of which will be under that wall.
The size of the new border will be approx. 33 yards long (kidney shaped) 4 yards wide at its widest point dropping back to about 2 yards wide.
I have tried to work it out but as per usual my brain has stopped functioning...so please please please I need your help.
Thanking you in anticipation.