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How nutritious is my soil?

Posted: 25/01/2018 at 17:29

This may sound like a bizarre question, however I'm giving it a go.  

I have a wide variety of plants in my garden.  I have a clay type soil (not massively heavy clay but obviously clay especially in certain areas).

Since living here in 2014 I regularly (annually) feed plants (perennials, shrubs, fruit trees) with relevant material.  I follow guides on the RHS website on when to feed my fruit trees, each particular shrub etc.  I also then give hungry perennials such as dahlia top ups through the late summer/autumn.  

How do I know if I am feeding too much.  I'm led to believe clay soils are good at retaining nutrients so I mostly feed annually.  

Should I concentrate more on mulching and less on feeding?  I am in the process of producing a fairly decent compost heap but not sure how far it will travel around the garden.  Mulching can be mighty expensive if I want to fill the whole borders.  

I apologise for the vague question.  Please try not to shoot me down.  

Clay soil

Posted: 25/01/2018 at 17:20

I'm not sure.  If you are not getting much response here try Radio 4's GQT?  Sounds like an expert question.  I guess it would be ideal to mix in some other substance but I guess it depends on the amount of work you are prepared to do and the cost. 


Posted: 26/11/2017 at 20:42

P.s. I do see the bark fencing, looks lovely.  Thank you.


Posted: 26/11/2017 at 20:41

Hi Borderline, 

Thank you.  Ideally I would like something fairly decent in next year or two, and it doesn't have to necessarily be completely blocking the view just masking it and making it a bit more private.  I don't mind the extra gardening work, as long as I know what I am doing and don't balls it up :-0  !!!

I will get a landscaper to come and give a quote.  I do like this idea and am keen on maybe trying both, and I am happy to move shrubs around.  I've actually added a few small rhododendrons, camellias, hebes and a sarcococca but all are very small and varieties are dwarf versions (I wanted some evergreen and they were on offer in the summer).  Also my phlox doesn't seem to like it there anymore (second year in and was pitiful) so I am happy to re-jiggle things about.  

The purple leaf is ... 

I think there is something wrong with the colour in this one below (an old photo), but it is usually the colour of the photo above and the branches have a downward habit, like a waterfall.  I have pruned it so that the underneath is thinner and has a prettier effect (not sure if I should but I did and it looks better now - albeit without leaves due to being deciduous)


Posted: 25/11/2017 at 09:11

Thank you borderline, that's fantastic, I may try to incorporate both ideas.  Budget is quite small so I'll see what I can find.  Does anyone have any recommendations for online companies for beech/hornbeam?  

We have a purple leafed tree in our next door neighbours garden so I like the idea of purple beech.  I also have a purple ish leafed miniature tree in the garden as well but I am not sure what it is.    


Posted: 23/11/2017 at 18:22

This was a few years ago now.  As you can see it currently has no support for climbers.  I wondered to save the beds whether it is worth erecting some fencing on top of the walls or would it be possible to find shrubs/small trees that I can use along the border?    I wonder if actually the wall is more 3ft than 4ft.

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Posted: 23/11/2017 at 07:33

Thank you but I don't have any railings


Posted: 22/11/2017 at 18:08

I have been baffling my head around some form of screening to be added above our front stone garden wall.  

On both sides of the wall are flower beds which were established by my late grandfather.  

I am looking for the best way to create a screen / some privacy  without damaging the beds.  I thought about some form of hedging (I like the purple beech) but fear that I would lose / damage the flower beds and perhaps lose the conditions in which the plants enjoy at the moment (which are south east facing inside the garden).  

We have clay/silty type of soil, slightly acidic and reasonably well drained.  We get very little frost being so close to the sea but we do suffer with a fair amount of wind due to some exposure.

Am I right in thinking the safest option I have to minimise flower bed trauma is to perhaps erect a fence (which gaps to reduce wind disruption) on top of the wall which is approximately 4ft tall at present, and perhaps feed some climbers?  We have some privacy in summer with an established lilac tree, forsythia and rose but this is in one corner and of course at this time of year the world can see right in (we live in a bungalow).  Not only that the rest of the front is completely exposed.  

Unseasonal Flowering

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 18:32

I'm glad I'm not the only one noticing the plants still flowering.  My passion flower, roses, hellebores, stocks and poppies are all still flowering.  I think my wall flowers have finally stopped.  

Fruit tree pruning - Spring or Winter, where are we?

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 19:12

Thank you.  So I need to find out whether they are spur or tip bearing.  Unfortunately the majority of plants in my garden are inherited so I have no idea of species.  Some I presume are meant to be cordons/espaliers that have got out of shape, I presume due to lack of maintenance during my grandfathers illness and subsequent passing.  The pear is a regular pear tree, I presume from previous fruit similar to conference although we did not have fruit last year.  Time for a bit of reading...

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