With snow still lying on the ground following 3 days of totally unexpected snowfall - in March meant it was perfect weather to retreat into the greenhouse and sort out the border. Funny thing was: Chris ended up having to discard layers of clothing as he was expecting outdoor jobs!!
Now: from day 1, this border has never been a great success. We been disappointed with tomatoes, disappointed with carnations and disappointed with chrysanthemums. Time for action!
Having cleared all the pots aside, we removed all the soil and compost and then dug out another spade's depth of solid clay and marl. This meant carefully detaching Ed's passion flower from it.'s support, moving it aside and very, VERY carefully repotting it (in a classy vintage clay pot) while keeping it attached to its cane!!! The idea is for it to extend it roots out from the pot and into the border.
Having barred out deep holes and filled them with grit to aid drainage, we refilled the border with lovely rich loamy soil. It was then time for a major clean up. That meant washing all the paintwork and floor tiles before mving all the pots and plants back!
Chris barrowed out and then back in about 12 barrows of soil and clay! Hear's hoping for a little more success with some tomatoes this year.