We have a raised area by the back door which is ideal for plants. Unfortunately it is also next to the oil burner. Are there any plants that could survive the oil fumes?

I need to build up the level of my garden by 0.5m, how do i do this?I’m starting my garden from scratch and want to plant a lawn, shrubs and veg.

Can you use Wood Briquette ash in the border?

How can I improve the soil in my garden? It is dry and lumpy and seems to flood easily. When I dig into it, it doesn’t crumble. When I water the plants it seems to take time to drain.

I am starting a rural garden on an acre site which had heavy machinery compacting some of the soil while the house was being built. Parts of the grassed area shows where the compaction is worst. Will this ease with time? Our soil is clay.