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Enriching the soil

Hello everyone
Yes its me again.

Need some help and advise on what to use to enrich the soil
so I can plant some shade loving plants. Grasses and Ferns.

what mulch, horse manure, compost, or soil to use

Any Ideas would be gratefully received


  • coppersendcoppersend Posts: 52
    Thank you Philippa
    It is a small area within a nursery School for 3 and 4 yr olds 
    its an area I want to fill with plants for the children to explore
    (Like a Jungle).  I'm thinking of planting ferns grasses and low growing plants
    I know its a difficult one but its a wasted piece of ground which is ideal for the children to explore as its under the large oak tree in the centre
    the tree sucks all the moisture out of the ground so some mulch soil and compost on top may help with the plants.
    If that makes sense
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 10,527
    What about a stumpery? If you can get hold of some logs or stumps of old trees, you could arrange them around the oak tree.  It is possible to hollow out the insides and plant ferns in there, but you would have to keep them watered - something the children could help with?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,314
    I think whatever you add, will soon be home to yet more roots. 
    I agree with the idea of a stumpery. It'll provide a great habitat for bugs etc
  • coppersendcoppersend Posts: 52
    Thank you so much for contributing to my post
    A brilliant idea 
    A small garden stumped
    To encourage  small insects
    Plant ferns and bergonias
    Plus still have a mud patch
    For the children to explore and get dirty
    "Back to nature"
    Thank you  Mel
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,314
    Most importantly, enjoy it, you and the kids.  :D
  • An Update on the area in question has now been completed
    Many thanks for everyone's advice
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