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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having found Greystones on the web, this may not be relevant, nor do I know what transport facilities an individual may have but I've found the following useful.

I'm very deep in the countryside and have a ditch/dyke running down the outside of the property by the road. The depth of it isn't uniform and, as a result, from time to time the deeper sections silt up. The water runs straight off neighbouring farm land and therefore contains an element of any fertilisers that may have been spread on it by the farmer(s).

In terms of consistency, the sediment is naturally very fine, totally stone free and thus easy to dig out. A couple of months ago I emptied our ditch and was quite surprised at the number of barrowloads it amounted to. Having a patch of ground that needs gingering up a bit, I dug a spade into the ditch across the road and found it to be two spades deep in the same stuff so I excavated several more barrowloads from there and still have a lot more available.

From what one of the earlier contributors said, bought soil is pretty expensive so, if you've access to country ditches and the means to transport their contents, this could be a usefull way of obtaining good quality soil for raised beds or, as in my case, for improving existing ground.

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