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Soil of the ancients

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 23:02

Thanks for your replies, much appreciated. Edd, I'm not sure what happened to my reply there, I did answer all your questions but they disappeared! To answer them again, the soil is sitting on what appears to be a permeable membrane, it's probably around 1and a half to  2 feet deep. The existing border is around a foot and a half wide, and around 20 feet long. To answer artjak's question it lies in a northerly direction which only gets sun in the latter part of the day, and even then it's not a lot as I live in Scotland haha. That should also answer your other question; yes it does get rain! There are no worms at all at the moment, I may have to introduce some 

Soil of the ancients

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 01:20

Soil of the ancients

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 00:48

Hi, I've decided to tackle what appears to have been a border below the front windows of our flat (we just moved in last year) but it hasn't been touched for years and when I started to fork it out it came up in huge compacted lumps. Adding to that, the membrane that was laid down previously has probably rotted away and I now have clumps of grass/weeds growing on the soil. I would like to use it as a border again but the soil seems almost unworkable as it is. Should I break it up as much as I can then add some new soil on top? Or will the grass and weeds creep back through again? Perhaps I should just cover it with polythene over the summer to kill the weeds and start again next year? 

Fern problem

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 13:09

Thanks, I'm hoping to get a shed up in the next couple of months which will at least give me somewhere to put my tools! From there I can look at clearing any existing unwanted stuff and perhaps laying down a mulching sheet.

Fern problem

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 20:11

Some flag iris would at least brighten the place up a bit! No there are no plants at all, only weeds and stone chips on cheap membrane that is letting mare's tail etc. through. There are 3 half dead fastigiate conifers at the bottom of the garden along with a couple of stumps and a couple of young trees that may have grown from dropped/dispersed seed as they are very random. (Our garden is surrounded by a small wood). I'm expecting the soil to be pretty moist because of the burn, but to be honest the garden is such a mess (we actually noticed a plastic bag under the stones which we lifted to find a hole filled with bricks!) I have no idea what lies beneath! 

Fern problem

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 15:50

Ah well you see the problem may be the photograph. Looking at it now it looks like a nice little area 'somewhere' in the garden. The problem is they're growing out of a huge concrete slab which I'm guessing housed a hut at some point ( which we found in pieces all over the garden when we arrived ), and while I agree ferns can be attractive these ones are growing where they aren't wanted so need to go. We're having some problems with condensation/damp in the property (it's around 150 yards from a burn) and we have no idea what the soil is actually like underneath the mess that's been left. I'm guessing it'll be fairly moist

I'll take a photo of the whole garden soon so a better idea of my quandary can be had. It may be I can keep some of the ferns for replanting elsewhere as they seem to be doing pretty well!

Thank-you for all the advice so far, please don't think me a bad person for digging up ferns!  

Fern problem

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 17:09

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 I'm guessing these are ferns right? I've recently moved into a flat where the back garden has been left to ruin. The problem is I have a 5 year-old and we'd really like to get the garden to a usable condition (someone in their infinite wisdom put down stone chips which now has grass/weeds growing through it everywhere!). We'd like to have a grassy area as well as a nice border but at the moment it's a complete mess. Where to start? Well I have to get rid of these ferns anyway, and the only solutions I have found so far are to either dig them out (not with my knees...) or to use an XL strength weedkiller. Any suggestions?

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Soil of the ancients

Problem with old, compacted soil 
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Last Post: 09/07/2014 at 23:52

Fern problem

Weeding out the ferns 
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Last Post: 06/08/2013 at 13:09
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