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Heavy clay soils

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 13:22

Hi Chicken chaser, We did a similar thing in our garden a few years back. We have heavy clay soil too. After taking up the turf we roughly dug the soil to loosen it and then added roughly a big bag of rotted horse manure and some leaf mold to each sq mtr of soil. You can either dig this in or let the worms do the hard work in taking it down into the soil,therefore improving the condition of it.  The bed may look high to start with but it will soon sink down.

Sea Kale

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 09:34

Its a bit like growing asparagus, worth the wait!

Hostas - Any Advice out There

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 15:32

I grow mine in pots in a shady area under some yew and conifer trees, snails dont seem to bother them as the ground is rough and dry, plus we have had hedgehogs living under the shed nearby

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 14:49

Good luck with your plot Victoria, looks like you've got your work cut out!

Spent yesterday doing more digging, soil is getting better now its full of horse poo. Masses of worms now still a bit claggy so will get more muck in certain areas.

Pulled up the broad beans I planted late Autumn as they were not faring well at all. I think my cold, wet clay soil did'nt do them any favours, not sure if I will bother with winter growing apart from onions and garlic.


I indulged myself...

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 15:59

wow Steve, nice one!! Happy days ahead

Talkback: Collecting animal skulls

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 15:56

Me too Janet

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 09:33

Have you still got the packet? It should give some idea of germination time on there. I usually keep them just in case I need to refer back and check.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 17:00

Good luck Stagbeetle, let us know when you get your plot.  Sooo exciting

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 10:25

Sowed a last week, a few leeks, peppers, chillies Antirrhinums, Verbena and lobelias.Now the kitchen is cluttered up with seed trays.!! Will do some in the greenhouse later


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 15:38

I have just returned from Homebase and 3 potted  Thread Palms fell into my car boot (well they were reduced  to £2.50)

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