Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:04
Tootles, your border obviously already has plants there. My ground, even though a light sandy loam has become hard lately too. All that rain and then a long dry spell.
I would use a cultivator scratching the soil down to about 2 to 4". This will allow rain to penetrate and soften your soil. When you plant dig a generous hole too and incorporate compost. I agree with mulching too as well as applying a granular organic fertiliser around the plants there
My feeling about rotavators is that they create a hard pan under the soil surface, can spread perennial weeds and generally do more harm than good. Just take your time.
In the autumn apply a generous mulch