Posted: 13/07/2016 at 17:59
Hi Rookie - sorry you've had a bit of a wait for any advice - we were all watching the tennis right enough...
A question for you. Is it the mix for the raised beds you want to know about? Usually, the best mix would be soil and compost in roughly equal amounts, and some manure, and grit mixed through it to aid drainage. I prefer to mix everything together rather than having a layer of gravel at the base, as I feel it can just become a sump and water can sit in there in wet weather. It also depends what you want to grow and what your climate is like , ie are you in a wet part of the country, or a nice dry one. You can adjust the amounts to suit the planting you want. I also split my raised beds using a simple timber barrier, so that I can grow plants which like different conditions next to each other
If you've had a bit of work done and the lawn has been trampled, you might want to give it a good going over with a fork to help aerate it. I've had some building work done here, so I've had a similar issue, and I've just done that, and I've also resown a couple of areas which were bare after bags of sand and various loads of 'stuff' sitting on the grass. It's already looking almost back to normal - a bit of sun (not a lot!) and plenty of rain has helped it recover.
Hope that's a little help just now.
Last edited: 13 July 2016 17:59:43