border soil help

Hi all , I've done my good dead for the year and dug my elderly neighbours borders cleared out all the weeds and grass . The borders are about 2ft wide 1ft deep surrounding a 20ft sq lawn . The soil is not bad , wondered if I should add some fertiliser or whatever to it , I suppose manure would be best but wondered if something like fish/blood bone or chicken pellets would be ok can't really get manure . He is going to buy some plants from the garden centre to plant , any ideas ? Thx


  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 252

    The house next door to me is up for sale.  Care to move in?  I would love to have you as a neighbour. image

  • chris 172chris 172 Posts: 400


    You can use a general feed called growmore or chicken pellets which sprinkled over the soil will improve the soil condition in readiness for the assistance in growing the annual plants going in

    Happy gardening

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,085

    I would just tickle in to the top few inches, a cupful of blood fish and bone every yard or so.

    Well rotted manure is good for the structure of the soil, but if it is good loam, you don't really need it for a few bedding plants.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • B3B3 Posts: 4,981

    I would avoid bfb if you have foxes because they will dig it up

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Thx all , what would be good to put in with the plants ? a sprinkle of slow release feed (not sure what it's called) p.s no foxes ,thx Esspee

  • thx all ,correction ( good deed)image

  • tell the wife she's got the key !

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