Create the right soil

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Mediter­ranean soil tends to be sandy and free-drain­ing, so plants from that re­gion will suf­fer if planted into wa­ter­logged or heavy ground. If you have a claggy clay soil, there are ways to im­prove it for Mediter­ranean plants. Create raised beds so you can buy and bar­row-in a load of lighter top­soil. Con­struc­tion and ma­te­ri­als can make this a rel­a­tively ex­pen­sive op­tion. Add plenty of or­ganic mat­ter to your ex­ist­ing soil. Well-rot­ted horse ma­nure, spent mush­room com­post or any soil im­prover will make a big dif­fer­ence – but add it in large quan­ti­ties. To in­co­po­rate the or­ganic mat­ter into your soil, don’t dig it in: just spread a thick layer on top in spring and au­tumn, then sit back and let the worms do the hard work. Within a few months you should no­tice your soil is more open, bet­ter drained and eas­ier to work. Dig in plenty of hor­ti­cul­tural grit to par­tic­u­larly heavy, wet prob­lem ar­eas. Or sim­ply plant your fussi­est plants on a low mound to help drainage.

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