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18/04/2014 at 16:08

I've spent the last 4/5 weeks weeding (see what it used to look like here) and clearing this decent sized area of soil, previously unused and with years of weed inhabitants. lots (and i mean .. LOTS) of weed seedling are still germinating, so i am raking it regularly, leaving the roots on the surface to dry to death.

there still remains a lot of old weed root material dug up, and within the top 5/10cm or so of soil, along with a fair few stones/pebbles.

Id like to plant stuff within the area, whenever is best to (not sure if its best to wait now til autumn?), however im not sure when is a good time to plant. ive levelled it best i can, the soil is loamy and very well drained. but do i need to rake all the dead root and stones up, bother mulching it etc?

if it makes any difference - id like to use a large part of it as a herbaceous area. i have some lavenders growing, and would like to stick in some salvias, and a decent variety of bee friendly bits and bobs. I was thinking aubretias at the front to cascade down the wall (i have some seedlings, growing VERY slowly though).

The area is pretty much full sun.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42682.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42683.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 

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 had to show you this that i dug up from there. i believe this to be a bramble root, check out the size of the thing! looks like an elephant tusk

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18/04/2014 at 16:44

I don't know what anyone else thinks, but it looks great and I would plant, plant, plant! Taller things at the back, medium in the middle, aubrietas and similar to hang over the stones would look fantastic. You've done so well with weeding, and I think any that come up now should be easy to remove. There will always be some weeds, that's life!

18/04/2014 at 18:11

Thanks for the kind words Sue! it has been bloody hard work but i always knew that it was worth putting the effort in once and there would be years worth of return. not a bad deal for a few weeks of hard graft i reckon

my only concern is with the soil surface and weed roots. could do with a sieve really.

Lyn
18/04/2014 at 18:18

For what you want to plant in there, it will be just fine.

Perhaps you can show a pic when its planted up. 

You will get more weeds, you always will, but they will come out easily now. Well done.

18/04/2014 at 22:24

That bed may get a bit dry with that tree in it djjjuk, I'd factor that in when choosing your planting scheme. there are plenty of sun lovers which would go well there.

19/04/2014 at 20:49

Start planting now djjjuk. Soil looks good. Pull out the weeds as and when they come.

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