Posted: 04/10/2017 at 13:01
I have friends who bought a one hectare plot of heavy clay covered in tatty old pines, tatty old birch trees and riddled with bracken and brambles and other unspeakable nasties. They had help clearing old trees and started digging out beds less than 10 years ago while builders did the house. They now have the most amazing garden full of beautiful trees, shrubs, perennials, climbers, water features and bulbs.
This is it 18 months ago - view as a slideshow if you don't have adblock installed.
Every year she buys 100s of bulbs for autumn planting and pots for him to plant and he orders a lorry load of council compost which he has dumped in the drive and then barrows it out to the ornamental borders after the bulbs and any new trees and shrubs have gone in. He lays it on several inches thick on the ornamental garden but uses his own compost on the veg plot as it is regularly hoes to deal with weeds from seeds.
He only digs when creating another bed or planting a new tree or shrub but has found that the consistency and fertility of the soil has improved immeasurably over the years.
This garden is now open under the Belgian Open Gardens scheme and regularly features on their equivalent of GW and in magazines.