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Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:15


Pingles - old country name for ???

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:14

BB2, what is a ginnel? In Glasgow, they kept talking about the 'area', it was, I think, the steps to a block of flats. And are there really no words beginning with k in Middle English or early English?

The thing that staggers me the most about our language though, is when they asked 4,000 American University students where the English language came from; they didn't know

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:07

What is the parking area covered with? Any roots from this little tree may have traveled a long distance; if you try to rip it up, you could find that a paved parking area is disturbed.

Is there any sign of new growth on it? If not, I would cut it down to ground level and ignore it, it's roots are probably rotting away and providing nutrients to the soil.

If it is sprouting with new leaves, then go to the local Garden Centre (or B&Q type place) and ask for a product that will deal with it.


Washed out soil

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:58

lilly, have you ever done a soil test in your garden to test for PH values? The kit is pretty cheap, I feel it is worth doing in several areas.

When I first did my garden I had to get a digger in to level it, so ended up with top soil buried 2' down and heavy sticky Fenland clay on top. The soil test came out very alkali, but flowers and veg survive well, I have raised beds largely made from own compost, bought growing medium and sharp sand and of course horse manure.

If you are worried about soil nutrition for veg especially I would gently fork in some chicken manure pellets once the soil is dry enough to be treated.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:38

I can offer what I mentioned above, but facebook sounds a bit scary; I always thought it was where young people posted photos of themselves throwing up in the gutter, but I have been told that it is not all like that. Perhaps I just have to bite on the bullet and join.

It is great that other people have thought of this too. Have these gardens been under what is technically known as 'foul water' not 'grey water' or 'sea water'?

Pingles - old country name for ???

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:31

Dove, I am also fascinated by the way we use language and the way words develop. I love the fact that such 'English' words as settee and bungalow come from India. And that we say 'faux pas' because we don't have an English version, and the French say 'le weekend'

I think the poggle mentioned above comes from Hertfordshire.

I will try to read the Melvin Barge book, even though I am allergic to him

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 17:04


Pingles - old country name for ???

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 17:04

I think 'poggles' are cowslips?

Damaged water butt

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 17:00

Edd, you are soooo practical That's a brilliant solution.

warming of soil

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:57

I think it is worth it. I have a very lightweight cold frame, timber and polycarbonate that I place over the soil for a week or so before planting, and keep in place for a while afterwards and then move it on to another area.

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