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Digging beds from scratch - how deep and what soil?

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:47

Very likely Edd 

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:31

I use it and 'tickle' it into the ground with a hoe or rake - rain soon dissolves it and it loses any smell - we get the occasional visit from the neighbours' cats but there's no difference in the number of cats or visits whether I've used FB&B recently or not. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:27

Not kite flying today KEF? 

Talkback: Fig trees

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:26

Gardeners Question Time has been a fixture in my life ever since I was a child - I went to a recording at Debenham WI with my mother in the 60s.  My gardening heroes have all been regular panellists on there'_Question_Time .

Every few weeks they have an edition of questions that have been sent in so, if we can't come up with the answer you can write or email GQT and see what they have to say 

Digging beds from scratch - how deep and what soil?

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:19


Edd wrote (see)

................ dig a few pest pits........

Pest pits are always useful  and serve many purposes - one on the front drive for unwanted callers, chuggers, baliffs etc - one in the back garden for vine weevils, New Zealand flatworms etc .

However, my guess is that Edd means you to dig 'a test pit' 

  I'll get my coat ............................ 

Talkback: Fig trees

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 13:26

Here you are Alan - it's the most recent episode, the Lowestoft one 


Posted: 15/02/2014 at 13:24

Chicky  - Simply gorgeous!!! 

Digging beds from scratch - how deep and what soil?

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 12:46

I've never worked out how much I use, but what I'd do is dig over the beds, then cover the beds with a two or three inches of your organic matter (manure/compost etc) and fork it in. 

This sounds a great project.  Hope you're going to show us some pictures as you go alone 

Hope someone's going to come along with advice re your lawn .... if they don't I'll give someone a nudge 



Posted: 15/02/2014 at 12:36

Glad to have you with us again BL.

Not dying down yet, and now it's clouding over - maybe I'll need to get the washing in.

Digging beds from scratch - how deep and what soil?

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 12:35

Dig your beds  over about two spades depth, break up any solid layer of clay underneath with your fork , and incorporate lots of well rotted farm yard manure and/or mushroom compost into the soil.  No need to buy topsoil - over the years add a good mulch of compost and/or well rotted FYM every autumn and that, combined with the clay, will give you a lovely fertile soil.  Roses in particular will absolutely love it. 

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