Thanks so much for the great reply. I have lived in the house for a few moths before starting the garden and having seen nothing that looked interesting, we ploughed in. I now realise the foolishness of the move, but impatience – or not thinking things through – is always a vice of mine. I will try to learn from it. I think this is also another reason why I am interested in learning from gardening!
So many of the roots have had their heads off and I have been sifted through the soil by hand to get out the spaghetti roots. Some new shoots have come up, in areas where no effort – not me, others – did not make the effort to remove roots. I have also come across bulbs, and have wondered if they are weeds bulbs or in fact bulbs which have never grown due to the stranglehold of the weds. Some of the shoots don’t look like weeds and some of the roots I wonder if they are weed roots or from trees or something else hidden there!. So I wonder if I have been premature.
I still want to get on and improve the soil and then introduce new plants. I am aiming for a wild flower garden, but one with more variety than we had before. A huge mass of the roots are identical, like spaghetti, and I have read they are a dominating form of perennial root.
thanks so much for your reply. if i have another chance, i may heed your advice about waiting, but in this case it is too late. It is a shared house and I don’t know how long we;ll be here and we just want to get on!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.