Best soil type?

Niamh Despard asked 10 years ago

I am just beginning to make a garden after building-work destroyed all of our previous garden. I would like to grow some fruit or vegetables to encourage the interest of my kids. The garden is north facing but long. I will need to buy soil or peat or some mixture. What is the best combination?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
If there is some existign soil, the idea normally is to improve that by digging it and incorporating an 8 to 10cm layer of organic material of some kind, garden compost, bagged compost, well rotted manure.

If there is no topsoil, just subsoil. the subsoil must be broken up to ensure drainage is effective, then good topsoil can be alid on top to a depth of 15 to 30cm, if the depth can be allowed for.

Top-soil weighs about 1.5 tonnes per cubic metre. So 1 tonne will cover about 7 square metres to the depth of 10cm.

If this is good soil if will not need organic material added at this stage.