Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:58
lilly, have you ever done a soil test in your garden to test for PH values? The kit is pretty cheap, I feel it is worth doing in several areas.
When I first did my garden I had to get a digger in to level it, so ended up with top soil buried 2' down and heavy sticky Fenland clay on top. The soil test came out very alkali, but flowers and veg survive well, I have raised beds largely made from own compost, bought growing medium and sharp sand and of course horse manure.
If you are worried about soil nutrition for veg especially I would gently fork in some chicken manure pellets once the soil is dry enough to be treated.