Posted: 26/08/2017 at 10:58
If you have clay soil I'd recommend adding 1 bag of well rotted manure (the pre-bagged stuff from garden centres and places like Wickes is perfect if you don't have local sources) per metre and rotovating or digging the chippings directly into the soil (after removing the membrane, if there is one) as this will improve drainage which all plants will appreciate. First thing is to take a fork to it and see what the soil is like underneath. Once prepared, lay another couple of inches of manure over the surface to keep the weeds down and the worms will take this down over the winter. Come spring and you will have ideal conditions for planting.
If you find the path has a hardcore base, post back as that would need a different solution.