Barry Hayter


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Wildflowers - to dig over soil before planting or not?

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 15:25

Higgy, that's excellent info thanks. I've decided to go with the full dig over with a rotivator and start from scratch ... this looks like the best option. If I can get mine to look anything like your photo's in the blog I'll be very chuffed.

Wildflowers - to dig over soil before planting or not?

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 10:13

Many thanks Gary / Bob ... that's very useful.

Wildflowers - to dig over soil before planting or not?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 08:54
Hi! Recently moved into a new house on the North Downs with an unloved upward sloping garden. The second half of the garden is steeper than that nearest to the house and although looks like lawn is really a mixture if grasses, primula and such like. I want to turn this area into a bug friendly wildflower plot but have read that ideally the soil should be turned fully to allow for the seeds to be planted in. However, it feels as if I've got a decent base to work with here so wondered if I should try and preserve what I've got and if so how best to introduce the seeds? The area is around 10m x 30m so a reasonable plot to try and turn by hand. I know this is a popular topic but I couldn't find any other posts specifically relating to this. Thanks!

Low wall - straight onto soil?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 16:52

Thanks Allymc ... good point (it would be a pain having to redo it). If I use compacted ballast, are you suggesting I concrete the slabs onto that or will the ballast be sufficient?

 

Thanks again,

 

B

Low wall - straight onto soil?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 06:40

Hi!

I have sufficient old crazy paving slabs (ex council) to build a low wall, no more than 4 slabs high. This will act as the front of a rose bed and whilst it will do a limited amount of soil retaining, I am confident it won't need mortar.

Question is, if I level the soil and compact it, will that be suitable to lay the slabs directly down or is it highly recommended to put a layer of sand etc down first?

Thanks in advance.

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Wildflowers - to dig over soil before planting or not?

Creating a wildflower plot. 
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Low wall - straight onto soil?

Using old paving slabs to build a small wall 
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Last Post: 16/07/2012 at 16:52
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