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By Janey

Lincolnshire, England Eng

Please can anyone give me some ideas on what to add to my garden soil so that it will retain water? Even when I water it, which is twice a day now it is as dry as snuff, and the plants in the border are wilting. In the spring I dug in loads of compost to enrich it, but it is very dark and dusty and the water seems to stay on top before running off. With the water prices rising i'm beginning to wonder if it's worth all the expense.



Humus, Janey. humus and more humus. In Lincolnshire youre soil is probabaly a heavy clay devoid of a moisture retentive component. Dig in much more compost, soil conditioner or composted bark or similar.

25 Jun, 2010


Thanks so much Bulbaholic. As the border is full of plants in flower or about too, would you suggest I do this in the Autumn or Spring?

25 Jun, 2010


You could also use a mulch to help preserve the moisture levels. Anything from bark chips to gravel will stop the water evaporating during this hot weather. You could add humus as a mulch around your plants now and then dig it in in the autumn.

25 Jun, 2010


Just as Ian says.

25 Jun, 2010


Thanks both for your help..............there are quite a few plant thugs that I need to rid the garden of too, one being Jerusalem artichokes, I've decided to start from scratch again on this side of the garden, improve the soil, use a pebble mulch and have drought tolerant plants....looking forward now to a new project......:o)

26 Jun, 2010


Nice project, Janey, good luck with it.

26 Jun, 2010


Thanks Bulb....:o)

26 Jun, 2010


Hi I always add sharp sand to my soil it works a treat, also in my hanging baskets, pots and window boxes, it also stops slugs and snails too, goodluck ,

27 Jun, 2010

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