Posted: 09/02/2014 at 07:34
You can make your raised beds and then simply buy in topsoil, but I think it is more satisfying to improve what you have. Each year it gets more and more loamy and rich and beautiful and you can say 'I did that'. Make sure the base is well broken up, to avoid a 'pan', then add every bit you can get of grit, fine gravel, composted manure and garden compost. Mix it up when you can, like a fruit cake, mulch autumn and spring and in a few years you will feel like Monty Don!