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Terrible soil what can I do


Every year I spend hours digging this bed and picking out stones. It quickly fills with perennials and then by the following spring it looks like this again!

is this just normal?

do I just dig weeds up and mulch over the top of all this crap and it will improve in time? Or do I need to dig the whole thing over and dig in an improver?


  • Oops trying pics again 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868
    If it quickly fills with perennials it's not awful soil. 
    I don't dig round perennials every year. Remove the weeds and mulch
  • It’s so compacted. Does that matter?
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,868
    It will improve with mulching but if the plants are happy, no problem
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,874
    Just think of the stones as slow release mineral fertiliser and the problem takes care of itself. ;)
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • So for aesthetics just cover the whole lot with fine bark do you think?
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,027
    The best way to hide the soil, is to grow more plants.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • Daisy33Daisy33 LondonPosts: 1,031
    punkdoc said:
    The best way to hide the soil, is to grow more plants.
    That should be a signature for this forum, @punkdoc . B)
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