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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:14 pm    Post subject: i have a bed garden Reply with quote

i have a bed garden out our front it is about twelv e feet by 3ft wide and goes at a slope i havent put the soil in yet and was wondering if there was any recommenddattions

i have a large compost out the back and was going to put that in with maybe a mulch or peat moss on top , there is quite a smell of the compost soil any advice please Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Compost should not smell . unless you have manure ??

I would plant up and finish off with the mulch or peat, or fill completly with compost
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello faolteam this piece taken from GPI's article Planning Old-fashioned Perennial borders for Modern Gardens. should be of great use to you.

Most new garden beds and borders benefit from additional organic material being added to it and dug in. This is especially true of the perennial border. So to begin, dig over the ground thoroughly and remove all traces of perennial weeds and large stones, leave the small stones as they aid drainage and help to regulate the soils temperature.

Dig or till in lots of organic matter to improve the soil for your perennials at this stage as well. If you have a good back and you feel up to it, this organic matter is most effective if dug in to a depth of 12 inches. Choose from the following source of organic matter... garden compost, leaf mould, well-rotted farmyard manure, spent mushroom compost, garden centre soil enricher. An ideal situation would be to have half you soil made up of organic matter, a great reserve of plant food.

I would advise adding grit at this stage as well, if your soil is very heavy, sticky or poorly drained. Digging in a good quantity of sand grit or gravel will open up your soil and allow channels for drainage.

The final part of the soil preparation is to fork into the soil around 10 to 20 grammes of 7-6-17 fertiliser per metre squared. If 7-6-17 is not available, then any general-purpose fertiliser applied at the rates stated on its pack will do. After all this is done, you must allow the soil to and its amendments to settle for around a week or two before planting.

This gives you ample opportunity to select and source the plants you would like to inhabit your newly created border.
And that is what we will look at next, perennial selection for colour, form and purpose.


Compost smelling is not fully composted. Be careful if you chance it, and do not allow any of the compost into direct contact with plant roots. In other words mix it up well with the available soil.

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