This bed has been in place for a few years now and has never hit the heights. I've put loads of manures into it, the first boxing was old hardwood planks I bought when the school I taught at had no further use for them. The white ants destroyed them in the first summer, they are now part of the soil, so I now have steel U channels held in place by cut off star pickets. The white ants have met their match this time!
The bed is approx. 12inches or 300mm high, but the main problem beside the sandy nature of the base soil is that there are many hungry trees which share the area. I was surprised to find that there were no major root problems in digging out the soil and raking it back.
Photo 2 shows the pelletised clay in place. My experiment here is to use Bentonite clay that I bought from near Amberley. This is designed to help in water and nutrient retention.
Mixed in with the clay is home made (cold method) compost from my bin
Then an addition of rotted horse manure, mixed in with the clay and finally the raked back topsoil is raked back across and incorporated with the mix.
I do hope to show those who come to my November garden visit see what a brilliant success this bed has become. Talk about setting yourself up for a fall!!
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