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Starting a wildflower 'meadow' on clay

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 21:03

We would like to establish a ribbon of wildflower meadow in our garden, but have very heavy clay, rather than the light poor soil that is assumed by most articles.  Are we out of luck?  Surely not as there are weeds in the neighbourhood.  What should we try to grow?

 

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 22:33

I knew they didn't like lime, but didn't know they positively liked acid.  Thanks for that.

 

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 19:48

When the last minute replacements (the sweet peas) conk out, I can remove the mulch rather than digging it in, if you think that would help.  The dead twigs are long gone, however: I am seeking wisdom so that the same thing doesn't happen next year

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 16:14

Oh, and I think I might have had them too deep.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 16:10

I trust it didn't have weedkiller since it came in bags from the garden centre!

Had an interesting quarter of an hour with a pH meter in that patch just now.  It's only a narrow strip, about 6 feet long, but the pH 8 inches down appears to vary from  off the scale acid to off the scale alkaline, with the odd bit of neutral in between.  I know pH is variable, but what the heck?  No wonder I had issues...

How much effect would the pH at that depth have had on shallow rooters?  Should I be metering higher up?

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 18:37

I dumped more compost (2-3 inches) on top of the existing compost-blended soil /before/ planting.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 17:22

I did dig the whole bed, but water probably did pool, given how much rain we had, and how narrow and shallow the bed was.  And yes, I used a fork too.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 17:05

Just because I really wanted them to succeed and there was a heck of a lot of snow, really.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 16:49

Last November I bought 5 canes of autumn fruiting raspberry 'polka' and planted them.  I have very heavy clay and am not particularly strong, so as I understood raspberries are shallow rooted I dug a spade's depth, incorporated compost and them dumped more compost on top.  I planted them with mycorrhizal (sp?) fungi and hoped for the best.  Watering seemed a bit redundant but I diligently fleeced them until the frosts were gone.  In spring I bought a bag of rotted manure and mulched them, keeping it away from the stems as best I could, but the cats weren't very helpful with that.

Two shooted.  One month later, the leaves on both turned yellow and died.  The garden centre replaced them; 3 of the replacement canes already had shoots.  One died right away.  One struggled for a month and then turned yellow and died.  The third made it to June but was only 8 inches high then, and abruptly one week that went yellow and died too.  The other two canes never shooted.

Was it the rain?  Was it that I didn't prep at enough depth or use grit?  Did my soil have a disease, and if it didn't, is it likely that it now does?  There is a trellis there to support them (our garden is like a sort of demented circular wind tunnel) so putting them somewhere else would be awkward.

What I do know is that nothing had been grown in that ground for at least three years, except grass and weeds.  We live in the vale of York, if you need a climate reference.

 

 

New site - bugs

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 17:35

The competitions are broken under Safari 5: there are no radio buttons to click!  Please fix

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Starting a wildflower 'meadow' on clay

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To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Total failure with raspberries planted last year. Try again? 
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