Posted: 25/10/2013 at 22:58
Hello Carmic. I live in Dordogne and it sounds as though you are about to do what I did over 20 years ago! My main flower garden bit was once the farmyard and, I was told by a local, there had been a barn on it. The land here is limestone, poor and rocky underneath. We had several lorry loads delivered, but I can't remember how many now, I know it was 2 in the veggie garden and 2 farm trailor loads of rotted cow manure. It was a heck of a lot of work, in the end we got a firm in to do the lawns.
The earth that was delivered into my big border, 30m x 3m, was mostly clay with rocks and roots in it. Over the years I've dug in loads of compost and horse manure so now it's higher than the lawn.
Here is a photo of some of it now. It has given me years of work and pleasure and something to look forward to each year.