As promised on my last posting I am writing this shortly afterwards to keep you all up to date of the current work on the feature rockery. This project is proving to be quite time consuming so my intention is to post a little on it a bit more often to try and cover it in as much detail as possible for you.
The area of the garden that I am currently working on is situated to the side of the pond and borders the sun patio where we often sit and eat outside. Getting this area right is important as it is central to the garden and seen in detail by visitors who will sit here with a cup of tea (always a brew going for friends at Higgy's!!)
As you would have seen in my last post the area was cleared following the erection of my new fence and I had already knocked down a retaining wall and dug away soil to create terracing ready for underlay and rocks. The reason why I am doing the groundwork like this is that we have a terrible problem with horsetail weed which having not been managed for many years has invaded the whole garden. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of this weed let's just say it's a nightmare and almost impossible to eradicate. My theory is to dig out as much of the soil (and therefore weed) as possible lay a weed membrane and back fill with new compost/soil. Incidentally my current compost mix which I have found really good and consistent is as follows:
1 x bag of Wickes 'top soil' (currently 5 x 25ltr bags for £13)
1 x bag of Wickes 'peat free compost' (currently 4 x 60ltr bags for £13)
half bag of Wickes 'multi purpose compost' (currently 4 x 75ltr bags for £13)
Wickes compost can be found here: http://www.wickes.co.uk/tools-compost+accessories/compost-turf+bark/icat/gdncompost/
Obviously if you were back filling a large area then this method would be very expensive so for more general bulk filling I use Dandy's compost http://www.dandystopsoil.co.uk/?gclid=CJrxvo-lo6kCFQNP4QodhErpuA but have found that this is very soil based and therefore not so good for growing on young plants etc.
This week I have done a little more to the rockery and as usual will guide you through it with photographs so that you can watch this area develop: