So I have this patch in my garden that is a bit of a headache. It’s just around my budliea plant and plants struggle to thrive because the soils is so compact and clayey. I have planted annuals for a few years and they always struggle to do well. I remember in my early days of gardening I planted poppy seeds there, but because I had no idea what the seedlings looked like(naive me) I uprooted them because I thought they were weeds. Disaster….
On a more serious note I’d love to name a few plants that have seen their Waterloo there to put this issue in context. Geraniums, poppy, lilies,dianthus, marigolds, and latterly lavetera which only did well in the first year. I have decided to ditch the lavetera as I feel I could plant something else on that patch. So I’ve decided the soil needed some much needed improvement hence my attempt at a refurb.
I’ve broken up the soil with a hoe and mixed it with sharp sand and multipurpose to loosen it up. Someone has suggested gravel but I can’t bring myself yet to do that.
I have then planted the geraniums and watered. We’ll wait and see how they fair
The plants are beginning to be established, I’ve taken the watering seriously and been consistent feeding with miracle grow.
While I can’t claim to have continued the watering, the rain has helped and the plants are coming to their own with the first flowers already starting to open
After the hard work comes the reward