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My Little Project

Well today, I decided I should finally start to turn my attention to a corner of my "New Build" garden that's been unloved since the day I moved in.

The builders just planted into the rubbish hard clay ground some rather rubbish plants.

Anyway, here is a shot of the "Before" and the quality of the so called Soil. 

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,500

    Builders just  have to do that, you would think with the price you pay for a house they could put some decent top soil down.

    I love your wall, nice and private, keep us informed on how you get on changing it, we are a nosey lot!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,341

    You need a good sieve, and a load of compost or farm yard manure. Sieve out all the nasty bits. Fork in the compost to a depth of 15cm or 6 inches,and then plant into it.

    You won't need a gym membership this year.image

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    That looks like a lovely curved wall you have thereimage

  • nitram78nitram78 Posts: 39

    Hi Lyn,

    Don't get me started! Behind the camera, I did the other beds over the past 2 years. I literally dug out good 15"-18" down and removed hundreds of bags of solid clay (bricks would be proud!!!) and replaced with over 2000 litres of compost/topsoil....general good stuff. Will top up again this winter to really feed it.

    The ironic thing, for years before they built these houses, cows literally did their business, week in, week out....the soil was amazing.....now I'm buying it back from the garden centres!!

    In terms of the new project, I think the walls must be ideal for climbers, roses, clematis etc...form the backdrop. First job removing what appears to be a privet type plant.

  • nitram78nitram78 Posts: 39

    Sorry that the pictures don't appear to blow up the bigger versions....not sure what happened image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    You may be using too many pixels. image

  • nitram78nitram78 Posts: 39

    Hopefully the images work on this version

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,500

    It does look a bit privet like, climbers would be lovely, best not to plant them too close to the wall though as the wall can  sap up  the wet.

    You are certainly doing the right thing with the compost and such and removing the rubble.

    Keep us posted of your task.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Well done on the rest of your garden and all the hard work you have done! Its daunting to take on something like this, but well worth it, by this time next year you will be sipping something nice and admiring your handywork! image
  • nitram78nitram78 Posts: 39

    This is like a lower terrace back garden (you can see railings on the left which is top garden).

    Thanks Lyn on the tip about not planting too close due to moisture....this lower garden remains quite damp (I presume they messed a little with ground water levels), even in summer....will that help a little?

     

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