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Hi Adam. I found one other article about <a title="Garden maintenance" href="http://www.gracefulgarden.co.uk" target="_blank">garden maintenance</a> soil improving, which is in a bit different then your. Have a look http://www.gracefulgarden.co.uk/index.php?page=soil_improving
I have just found an inexhaustable supply of horse manure. Gurt steaming mountains of it ! I haven't decided whether to plop it direct onto the soil to about 2 or 3 inches or 50 to 75mm deep and let nature take it's course. After due deliberation, I am putting the stuff in a manure heap. It looks good steaming away, and smells 'righteous' ! By the time it is 'cooked' through, it will be the autumn 2012, and ready to serve to the worms. God ! How I LOVE this job !
I've only started gardening about two years ago when I moved into my current house. I have been slowly improving my heavy clay soil as i clear each bed but i'm not sure how to approach this 'digging in compost' idea as i've already got bulbs in there that i don't want to disturb... Any suggestions?
Don't dig the compost in where you have bulbs. You can lay mulch (made of compost or well-rotted manure etc.) on top of the areas where you have bulbs, when they are dormant i.e. when there are no leaves showing. Worms and other soil-dwellers will gradually pull the nutrients down into the soil. This is what happens in nature, when leaves fall - there are no garden forks there! Digging it in is great for places like empty veg plots where you're planning to sow a crop later in the year.
Sorry sent 2 as thought the first one hadn't registered.
Compost, manure, anything organic.
If you can't get any well-rotted farmyard manure locally, the bagged stuff from garden centres etc is very good these days. I've been using the Westlands for a while now with great results.
Thank you for that,