How much compost do I incorporate into my garden
I have an area of 30 square metres of garden in which I grow vegetables (onions from sets, peas, runner beans, broad beans etc). I have grown on the same ground for over 40 years with quite good success. But in recent years the results have not been so good; in fact one could say that the crops have failed this year. They germinated then failed to grow further. The soil now seems to have lost its "body". I am thinking of digging in some compost from a bag of 75 litre size of the 'Levington' type. How much of such compost do you recommend that I dig in to give the soil sufficient 'body'? I was thinking of 2 bags per square metre. Is that too much or not enough? At what time of the year would such an exercise best be done? I live in the countryside in the midlands 20 miles north of Birmiingham and the ground has an open aspect - there is a 12 acre field adjoining my ground.
- 15 Oct, 2009