trying again after 26 years ...
Yes, it's been that long since my first and last experience with roses. I remember it well: most memorable was my failure, along with the various sprays I used for various purposes (To this day my ex claims that the 'fumes' from these sprays created a respiratory problem_ temporary, thank goodness_ that affected our daughter.)
I figure a quarter of a century is sufficient time to lick my wounds and give it another try. Recently purchased several varieties of the Knockout Rose series: according to the inducements, it's free of all the maladies encountered with past roses, maintenance 'free', needs no deadheading and on and on... While I'm not ready to buy into all the claims, I thought I'd increase my chances of success asking for advice/recommendations.
Last fall, I dug a trench 18" wide and 18" deep, filling it with a 8" layer of kitchen scraps (no bones) and covering it with the original soil. Figured that by now (nine months later), I'd have turned that gray, somewhat slimy clay soil into something worth planting in. Digging planting holes the other day, I find that the soil's texture hasn't changed.
So, the questions;
1. Will the roses benefit at all when their roots grow deep enough to reach the 'composted area'? Can I expect those roots to grow that deep or are they primarily lateral roots?
Or was this attempt at trench composting all for naught?
2. What about this slimy(wet) clay soil? I've read repeatedly not to amend the native soil unless you do so as far as the plant's roots will extend. While I have no basis to argue with that, was wondering if, for some reason, it might not apply to roses. ( I know, go on dreaming.)
Apologize for the length of this query; promise to be succinct next time. (Was going to say 'briefer next time, until I realized how that is sometimes used in clothing ads. ;0)