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Lucyloo
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: another newbie Reply with quote

Hi there, I have only today found this site, as I would love to plant a vegetable garden this year.

I have a problem with drainage in our back garden and hopefully someone here could give me some advise on how to deal with that.

Im really looking forward to hopefully growing my own vegetables this year. Very Happy

Regards:Lucyloo
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:07 pm    Post subject: Re: another newbie Reply with quote

Lucyloo wrote:
Hi there, I have only today found this site, as I would love to plant a vegetable garden this year.

I have a problem with drainage in our back garden and hopefully someone here could give me some advise on how to deal with that.


Welcome Lucyloo.
Firstly check for burst water pipes, also patios or hard surfaces can also offload their water onto lawns, if either is the case, you must stem the flow of water. Also close by houses built recently may have a hard surface such as a driveway or yard sending extra water your way.

It might be that the soil is just compacted and standing water is compacting it further. Compaction leads to poor drainage and this can encourage moss. Small areas can be aerated by inserting a garden fork into the lawn at regular intervals. However this can become tiresome if you have a large area and a simple manual push aerator will greatly speed up the process. A well aerated lawn will allow water, air and nutrients to get down to the roots of the grass where they are needed, thus ending your yellowing.
The lawn may just need aeration, see this post
http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=398

Of course the soil may be ok, but you may have a compacted layer of subsoil beneath it, which is preventing drainage of water from the topsoil. If that is the case, you will have to dig trenches deeper than 3ft to break the layer and install drainage piping. Here is a helpful post within Irish gardeners on installing soil drainage, if you have to go to that extreme http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about783.html



Lucyloo wrote:

Im really looking forward to hopefully growing my own vegetables this year. Very Happy

Regards:Lucyloo


Great new vegetable gardening piece with mention of raised beds (good for poor drainage areas) here by GPI, How to start a vegetable plot.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Verge for those tips I think we may have to go with the drainage pipeing as we have tried everything else as this stage.

Thanks again I look forward to chatting with you over the months ahead.

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