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Patch where nothing grows


When I moved into my house there was a 7ft high hedge about 2yrs later between our neighbour and ourselves it was removed. While the skip was there I removed soil (dug 2spades down).  I then got a farmer to deliever some soil with some manure.  Put that into the section and left it for 2wks.  Slowly I started to put plants in.  But then I noticed a 4ft x 3ft section the plant died put another one in it also died.  I have tried passion flower, honeysuckle, rhubarb, bleeding heart and clematis. All died. While on either side and slightly in front the plants are happy growing well.  

Any advice would be gratefully appricated. 


  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,191
    Could you post a photo to give us a better idea of what is happening please.  Use the icon above the text box. ....5th from the right. 
    West Yorkshire
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,450
    Also do you know what kind of hedge it was ? I'm guessing conifer but could be wrong. I presume the manure was well rotted (that is, it didn't smell).
  • Has you can see weeds grow. It is a bit of a mess injured myself in October so until now it was left.
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Can't see too clearly by zooming in Wendy, but the bright green bits look like liverwort to me, quite mossy there too.  I'm guessing that it's quite a damp and shady spot. Is it north facing?
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    If you dig a hole, does it fill with water and stay full for a while?
  • The area gets the sunlight all day.  The soil is good draining. On one side it has fern, hostas, geranium. One the other roses, clematis, bleeding heart and a variety of bulbs/tube plants all grow sucessful. I even have a miniture lilac tree which is now 6ft (much larger than it’s mum).  That area does not get too hot nor does it get cold. Also has a 6ft fence with a concrete slabto protect the fence slos to give it extra height. 
    The weeds are there only because of an injury I got in October so could not get into the garden until this week, once it is nice enough to remove it will be. 
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Anything 'orrid in the soil? Oil perhaps?
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Plants do need a bit of care after they have been put in - regular watering, checking on. Have you perhaps been putting them in and leaving them to their own devices?
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    It is rare for a patch of ground not to have something growing in it at some stage unless you have a drastic pollution problem.
    Look at what "weeds" are growing in that particular area and work backwards.  Once identified, there is often a similar type of plant or even a cultivated form which would be happy there. 
    This is very good advice. If there are weeds then other plants should grow. 
  • It is odd that there is a patch in amongst other good soil. Is it possible there is an old soak away from a garage or shed on the other side of the fence therefore waterlogging that area?
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