Until a year ago, the soil in my now herb garden had never been cultivated (apart from one sowing of clover as green manure). It is compacted and originally I had thought it was clay because it is so hard.
Having built two hugel beds in this area, a start has been made on improving the soil. That said, the bay tree planted on one of them is struggling a bit and most other plants have fared even worse. The best survivors are sage and a kale plant, which is onto its second year.
The soil next to the house is in the worst condition. I had thought of mulching it, which I will ultimately do, anyway. But the Honesty in the front garden produced so many seed parcels, which I couldn’t bear to throw away, I thought I would see if they self-seeds in the herb garden. The idea being that their roots would break up with soil a bit without me having to lift a finger and I would have more pretty flowers next year.