Start a new thread

1 to 20 of 21 replies

LG the L

Dear all, 

I'm currently redoing my garden and I've increased the depth of two borders to about 4-5 feet from the fence. Until now I've been walking on them because the lawn was newly laid and I couldn't walk on it, but now is the time to get them sorted. The walking has compacted the soil so I'm forking it over and will be adding a load of topsoil and manure (am also raising the level).

So as I dig and fork I've been musing on how I'm going to get to stuff at the back, how I'm going to deadhead the roses climbing up the fences and so on. Once I've loosened it all up and planted it I don't want to squash either the soil or the plants.

What do you do? Just tread carefully? Have strategically placed stepping stones in amongst the plants? Only venture to the back when stuff is dormant? Or do you have a brilliant method I haven't thought of?

I can't believe how much this is taxing my brain!


I'm always treading on stuff

Victoria Sponge

I sort of bound into mine like a long-jumper.

I keep telling myself to stop as I've no idea what I'm treading on but before I know it I'm back in again. Got a compacted path that needs planting up this weekend so that's the end of that. Hoping the roses somehow tie themselves in at the back. That would be fab😀

Well, with difficulty.  Size 11 feet, an impatience and haste to get things done means casualties are possible but generally keeping weeds at bay, a thick mulch and necessary work done before plants fully fill out is the answer for me 


Grows by the millimetre, killed by the foot.


I have two rows of stepping stones in the widest part of my border. Apart from that, I simply take care where I tread.


use a thick cane for support and to steady the body and look for a vacant space where your feet will go, otherwise you will either thread on everything or fall among the plants and destroy everything



I use hoes as much as possible - I have a long handled pointed carrot hoe which is useful (looks like an instrument designed for an especially gory murder) and apart from that  I clamber over things, trying to avoid planting my size 7.5s on anything too special. 

As the Shady Bank is quite high OH watches with trepidation thinking he's going to have to come and rescue me as I balance on one foot looking for the next toehold while clinging onto a waving honeysuckle shoot. As the pond is below part of the bank it is all a bit precarious - but we manage. 

geum keenbutgreen

haha, this thread has cheered me up no end!

I have one particularly deep border and it's pretty much a case of balancing precariously on one foot, and as has already been mentioned, getting as much done before the perennials get fully into their stride.


I have stepping stones in the widest beds. But when everything has grown I often can't find the stepping stones!

flowers in the rain

We have a few stepping stones carefully placed and hidden behind lager plants with a hoe this works well.

hollie hock

I have a large flat tree ring in my biggest bed. I can stand on that and reach most parts of the bed with my long handled hoe. I have a couple of smaller flat stones else where


Dance of the sugar plum fairy. Gym lessons at school came in handy. Only size 5 feet, so not only better for getting closer to the sink, but also better for balancing on small space of unplanted soil.



if you want plants to fill in by summer you cannot afford to leave spaces for feet.  I ensure total weeding whilst plants are growing and then mulch heavily. Plants needing supports can be seen to at this time too. 

plant pauper

HaHa fidget! I didn't know you'd been watching. I do all of the above except the organised parts that Verdun does. I'll maybe try some of those this year. I inherited a giant big stupid shaped "bed" and I generally give up with the daintiness and wander willy nilly! 


I do a bad  impression of the sugar plum fairy !

I am not skinny,  I have no coordination, and i ballance and step and it often feels like I am trying to do ballet.

I want really deep borders so i can have a hidden path through the back  

Missy Krissy

By turning into a ninja flower bed warrior!!   Well that's what I think I look like.... The reality is MUCH different!! Hahahahahahah!!! 


ummm, so maybe being a juggler might help.......