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.
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