flower bed - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jbgarland
May 30, 2009
We have a flower bed that we removed bushes from when we first moved in. It is a very rocky bed and we have attempted to clear them several times. I have planted and replanted flowers and everything dies. Please help

Answer from NGA
May 30, 2009


Rocky soil usually isn't the best place for annuals and perennials (unless you chose those that are drought tolerant/rock garden plants. But, even rocky soils can be improved enough to support the root systems of most perennials and annuals. You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start by spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the bed. You can use compost, aged manure, shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Plant your perennials and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a spectacular garden. Best wishes with your garden!

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