Staffordshire, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Hi all I'm new around here (and to gardening). I've been lurking around for a while now getting to know the site a bit better and soaking up information like a sponge. Thought it was about time I said hi.
As I said I'm very new to gardening, always had a love of flowers and plants but never really spent much time in the garden. Anyway to cut a long story short I finally got tired with the mess that is the garden and decided to do something about it. Complicated point though, I'm currently working on 3 gardens. One is my parents back garden (where I'm currently living) the other two are the gardens at my boyfriends (who I'm considering moving in with). My parents have no interest in the garden so I've unofficially taken over. My boyfriend apparently has no interest, but I'm working on him :D. I have masses of questions and hope I don't drive you all insane - promise I'll research first.
My first question relates to soil. I think the soil at home is quite light. Its quite compacted at the moment since it hasn't been touched in ages, but when I dug the one small section over it broke apart very easily. The ground always seems to dry quite quickly after heavy rainfall as well. From all my reasearch I had been considering digging the beds over and incorporating some compost (which apparently I can get from my local tip). The only thing is we have 3 large trees (shrubs?) across the two borders which make digging quite a task. What do you suggest I do? Should I dig the whole area and incorporate compost, or should I just mulch with compost, or something else entirely?? Any tips and tricks would be much appreciated.
- 22 Jun, 2011