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Fruit canes in Heavy Clay Soil & low light

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 15:23

If it gets very wet and you dig out the clay, water will drain into the lighter soil and settle there. You would do well to raise your new bed so that the plants are clear of most of the waterlogging. 

Fruit canes in Heavy Clay Soil & low light

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 22:35

The way to improve clay soil is often discussed here; digging out and replacing is hard work and very expensive. I guess that you would need to remove about 2 - 2'6 and buy in top soil. You can improve the clay instead for long lasting, high quality results.  Clear the bed and dig in as much muck as you can get and coarse grit,too. Well rotted manure, any animal, garden compost, seaweed. Some councils sell large sacks of composted garden waste and some horse owners give away stable muck. You cannot really have too much. Dig and break up and mix, leave it open to frosts and dig and mix some more.

I can't comment on fruit growing because I don't grow any but I know raspberries dislike clay

Plague of giant slugs

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 12:20

If your orange slugs are eating your healthy plants then they may well be the Spanish variety. It won't take you long to find out because they eat almost everything. They have an unattractive habit of moving about in little groups and simply coating a plant from top to bottom, chomping up flowers, buds, leaves and stems. Twenty a night is nothing - if the damp weather holds you will be able to pick up hundreds in an hour. ON NO ACCOUNT put them on the compost!

Grass in block paving

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 21:03

Would a strimmer take the dead stalks down to an acceptable level?

Rescuing soil after years of membrane and stones?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 11:51

We have clay soil which gets quite waterlogged in winter. Effective drainage would be a major engineering project so I find that I have to choose my plants carefully and building up or raising some areas has been very successful. Raspberries wouldn't grow for me on clay and I think carrots object, too but I have given up fruit and veg so I can't be much help.

Rescuing soil after years of membrane and stones?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 23:04

Well, ask yourself what you will gain from a raised bed before you start work on it. With clay soil, you might want improved drainage or a mix that will support plants that need light soil. In this case you should break up the clay base to avoid creating a 'pan' - an almost impenetrable layer beneath the bed. Some roots, such as shrubs and larger perennials will go through to the clay soil but without digging, it will take donkey's years for the worms to mix it all up. If you just want a garden with reasonable soil, rather than raised beds dig in as much organic material as you can get, add grit as well and mulch as often as you have the strength! You can, of course, have raised beds and beds which are not raised.

Is this an underground weed?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 07:54

Yes, if it is alstroemeria there is no point trying to dig it up. The roots go so far - down and sideways - that you will never succeed. Let it flower and keep it if you like it or use chemicals if you don't. It is very pretty but also invasive.

Path stones

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 21:54

Our local garden centres do a range of stones in various shapes. You would have to pick them out individually, rather than by quantity or weight, to get the flat surfaces.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:31

We 'inherited' one when we bought the house. I am not very strong and found incorporating muck and grit into our solid clay soil to make borders was very slow and painful. The tiller really helped and did a better job of mixing it all up. However, once you plant up, you can't use a machine. Hiring one might be a sensible alternative because once your soil is good, ordinary digging is all you need.

What's stealing moss from the greenhouse

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 23:11

Badgers do make small holes as well as big ones. They move across the grass, digging up bugs as they go, so you can see groups and trails of holes in the morning. The poo is more difficult. Badgers tend to make a special hole and poo in it regularly to mark their territory, so one poo on the ground is more likely to be a cat or fox - unless one was caught short! In my garden, rooks gather moss, but only when building nests in late winter and early spring.

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