Planting in a flower bed based with builders’ sub base.
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
I live in central England, UK.
My house, a fairly recent new-build is fronted by a small service road, with a narrow flower bed along one side of it (see photo). This is around 12 metres long and has a curved front edge varying between 30cm - 1 metre wide.
I have started digging it out, intending to plant a line of roses, etc, but find that the builders had evidently put in a sub base across the whole width - road AND flower bed - barely 30cm down. The roots of the plants that they had put in and also daffodil bulbs that I had planted, are all showing signs of rotting.
What are my options? I’m guessing it will be strenuous and time-consuming to acquire and wield a pick-axe to remove this layer of compacted matter. (And I don’t have the strongest arm muscles around!) I expect it will also be expensive to refill it – would I have to buy compost, from a garden centre?
As an alternative, are there plants that would be tolerant of this soil?
- 9 Oct, 2008