Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:37
Really fighting over the last couple of weeks to keep things watered here in the South East.
I have three new hedgerows, and have tried to mulch when and as I can. Much of it appears to just disappear. Even some top dressings of horse manure (I read suggestions of putting this on in subsequent years, rather than the first year, but I ignored that), just to bulk my soil up a bit.
The shadier places don't suffer so much. I remember reading on the web, about someone that was trying to turn an old agricultural field into a garden. And they had to introduce some nursery trees first before they could get going with the garden.
In woodlands you get lots of leaf litter and some shade.
I've loads of piles of old garden waste, that I turn and hand clip, jump on etc. Over years this rots down. I don't actually get that many bags of compost back in return and those bags don't go far. On chalk it disappears quickly.
I'm thinking how I can improve matters. Perhaps with some green manures.
We added about three car loads of horse manure to the garden, and it's a mystery as to where that went! Seems you can never have enough.
I have some rocks as mulch, but then I'm not sure how you go about top dressing with other matter, do you rake up the rocks, top dress and then throw back the rocks?
Life seems to be abundant in the shadier parts of the garden.
I'm interested in green manures that I can grow on a minimal amount of soil.
Last edited: 18 August 2016 10:38:55