First of all I have to say that I know nothing about gardening and am very unskilled. However, as Granny Ratz is finding it difficult to keep on top of things, I am venturing more into her territory.
Underneath the tangle of ivy and cotoneaster I spotted this trough thing. I do watch “Gardener’s World”, but mostly to ogle the presenter’s lovely dogs. However, some things do filter through and I recognised this as the sort of thing people put alpines in.
So I hacked my way through to it.
I took off a pile of stones from the top. The earth inside was impacted solid and full of ivy stems.
I eventually cleared it out and was glad to find a load of “crock” (broken terracotta pots) at the bottom to reuse. It helps with drainage apparently.
I have no idea if this is correct, but I mixed two thirds peat-free compost with one third horticultural grit. Aha, alert readers will remember my trip to the garden centre in “What a Hoot“.
I found a couple of nice looking stones and some bits of slate, no doubt souvenirs from a trip to an abandoned Welsh slate quarry many years ago.
Budget supermarket Aldi recently had some 6 packs of alpine plants which I duly purchased. I whacked the plants in, amongst the stones and slate, gave them a good watering and then put decorative aggregate (bits of slate) over the top to suppress weeds and keep moisture in.
Anyhoo, I think it looks better than it did! By coincidence one of my blogging friends has also been potting up alpines today. They clearly know what they are doing and have a glorious looking garden, check it out in “What a Scorcher.”