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New to gardening and in need of help!

Posted: Today at 10:41

Hi Kirstin, the manure will improve the soil but you need to get it broken up, I imagine as it's dry etc there'll be crustiness, so you'll need to keep forking through (or if strong and have time digging it over) . As well as that, it would be beneficial to throw chicken manure pellets down throughout the summer. If you fork through, then you're letting air in and breaking up the soil which helps to condition it and gives worms a chance to work the manure through. Agree with Lyn and Dove x good luck 

New to gardening and in need of help!

Posted: Today at 10:02

Gosh where to start: soil, need to leave a hose running on this to get it nice and wet, if you manure it now, then you need to dig it in but come autumn and winter, just keep laying on top And the worms etc will do the rest. If lay manure on top as it is, then the underneath will remain dry. Why loathe to with kids? If you work this soil, then next year it should be ready for planting up. Plants: really depends what you want to achieve, low work? Then look for spreading plants such as monbritia (spelling), self seeders foxglove. My suggestion is to get the soil ready over this year and winter, whilst designing how you want the bed to look next year ie tall at the back, shrubs, spreaders, colour etc. keep an eye on the forum as find out behaviours of various plants. Marigolds I can't answer sorry. Hope helps. 

ID please

Posted: Yesterday at 16:25

O that's a beauty 

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: Yesterday at 16:24

Dominoman just read the mail article, oooo I must be so lower class, apart from the greenhouse (which I'd love) I have most of his garden faux pas lol...... Love plants/shrubs, flowers where don't see any soil though! I also dislike too perfect designs, I like a bit higglydipiggly. I think it needs some design but more along sizes of planting, ie tall cascading down to shorter x 

Planting under cars

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:02

Google carpet type rock garden plants, ones that just spread but don't grow tall . Sedum coral carepa perhaps ? 


Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:06

Lyn's correct, they are growing !  Had a scoot round yesterday after returning from hols and I have a couple about 3" high ...... Goodo. thanks 

Problem neighbours

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 19:27

Oh for shame, sorry I can't hep but I soooo sympathise. Will make enquiries but sure one of our friends on here may know. Utter swines ......

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 19:10

Next door neighbours ivy, do like ivy and appreciate its plus points but not my next door neighbours as it takes over and I have to fight it tooth and nail or will strangle my garden ... Boooo

Who said "bug ugly"?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 19:06

Oh wow, well if I run from shield bugs, I'd be upstairs and under the bed if this landed ! Never seen anything like that before ..... Amusing post , hope you still enjoyed your mayo x

Shield bugs - do we like?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 18:27

That's good, thanks. Was a bit spooked, sat enjoying the garden and this shield bug sat next to me,.... Haha I had to move but need to stop being a wimp !  

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Discussions started by Flora rosa

Shield bugs - do we like?

Have spotted a grey (ish) shield bug , question is , do I leve it alone? Do we like them?  
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Last Post: 27/06/2015 at 21:06

Cornwall churchyard

How utterly depressing 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 16:27

Baby chaffinch - stranded in my garden

What can I do ?  
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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 21:09

Well I never ..... Ladybirds

The birds and the bees alive n kicking in my garden  
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Well I never ..... Ladybirds

The birds and the bees alive n kicking in my garden  
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Last Post: 13/06/2015 at 22:53

Small garden water feature

Could I put plants in, even though is a fountain type? 
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Leggy - pruning advice needed 
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Last Post: 30/04/2015 at 12:14

Clematis - summer flowering

Pinch out tips ? 
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Last Post: 23/04/2015 at 17:07

Vine weevils - plastic

Scientific theory - not !  
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Last Post: 03/04/2015 at 22:08

Potash - wood burners

Neighbour has a wood burner, ash good for flower?  
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Last Post: 14/03/2015 at 08:31

Red currant shrub

Can move now or leave till it's flowered 
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Last Post: 17/02/2015 at 17:44

Spring bulbs -too late ?

Built rock garden - hurrah 
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Chlorotic skimmia and peris

Best treatment  
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Last Post: 21/09/2014 at 17:20

Help - screening shrubs

Privacy hedging but window box 
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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 14:04


Leave to nature vr stop in their tracks  
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