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Day out to RHS Hyde Hall

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 17:43

 for those of you that love Hellebores

 lovely rhubarb thingys

 As you can see, I dressed up for my day out

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 08:22



Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:42

The advice above; remove covers the moment seedling appear

Daffodils on the move..

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:41

...and you will be filling the holes that are left? And are you sure that there aren't zillions of daffs where you are moving to?

Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:38

Dove, thank you soooo much. I love that poem, and bought the brandy this week to deal with a horrid cold and it has worked!

I don't think I could manage all those sausages, but I am working on being dreadful. I am the scourge of large corporations; a friend swears that when I phone Anglian Water they all hide in cupboards and she thinks that BT have a special person designated to deal with my complaints


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:32

The carrots want to go straight in the ground; follow instructions on packet. The others as advised, sow the seeds about 3 weeks before it is safe for them outside if you want to avoid the greenhouse route. When I had a plastic greenhouse, I had to lash it to the fence with rope But then my garden is in a very exposed position.

newbie - sorry if wrong sub forum.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:25

I wouldn't do that this year. Scarify it with a rake to pull up any thatch/moss. Go all over it with a fork; just make loads of holes to bring air into the soil. Then gently disturb the earth where it is bald and sow some grass seed. Protect it with lots of twigs set at angles to keep the birds and humans off. Also consider making a path on the high traffic areas.

If you are making new beds in lawn areas, save those bits of grass and lay them where the lawn is bad, obviously at the same height as the rest of the lawn. There is a great technique for remedying bad edges (I hope I can explain it without pictures); take out a bit of turf where the lawn edge is bad and simply turn it aroun so the good turf is next the flower bed. Then rake up the surface a bit and sow your new seed.

There is a slight problem in getting grass seed to match. I was amused to see Kings Lynn Council gardeners got it wrong outside the Library where they got rid of 2 flower beds (financial cuts I guess) and sowed a much darker grass seed.

Vertical gardening ideas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:15

liseals, I was in B&Q today and they were doing 3 sedums for £6.00, quite generous sized pots. They only had 2 varieties which was a pity but your local may have more. These could easily be split into 4 plants each or more.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:13

Philippa. I agree with Rosie, we should really bombard these gardening programmes with requests for how to deal with flooded/contaminated soil. At what point will it be safe for them to grow veg again?

When I lived in London, we were about 1 or 2 miles from Hogarth roundabout, the busiest roundabout in Europe apparently (though I find that hard to believe - Hammersmith is far worse) and my lovely neighbour who was an RHS member had his soil tested for lead pollution and it came out ok.

The gardeners in the affected areas need to know how to test their soil and what to test it for, especially if they have been affected by sewerage as inevitably they will have.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 15:57

djjj, it all depends on the weather. In this country that can always provide big surprises

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