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By Muddy

United Kingdom Gb

hullo all, please can you help me? after 50 odd years of growing fruit and veg; on light and sandy soil we have moved to another location. our garden appears soil appears to be about 6_9 inches of top soil then 1_3 inches of railway clinker followed by river clay. any advice on how to grow fruit/veg and enriching the soil would gratefully be accepted. thank you. we live in the tendring area of essex.



On the plus side, Muddy, you will have excellent drainage from that clinker. The minus side is that the soil is fairly shallow. To improve the soil and build it up I would advise lots of garden compost or soil improver - could be a bit expensive if you have to buy it in. Maybe raised beds for the veggie area. These could be as deep as you think necessary and filled with good soil.

17 Dec, 2011


Raised veggie beds would definitely work if you can raise them another foot above to allow for things like parsnips and potatoes. Talk to your friends and neighbours about any garden waste they may be wanting to get rid of. The quickest but more costly solution, in the short-term, would be a delivery of good quality top soil, which you can mix with any compost you get. Also the bed of river clay will help to keep your moisture content in.

17 Dec, 2011


thanks to both for your advice i will have a good think over the winter, at the moment raised beds seem the best way forward. again thanks for the help given

18 Dec, 2011

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