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Posted: 23/03/2014 at 14:41

 ok here is another that i cant identify , first strange plant relocated to the meadow next door


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:37

 looks a bit like a strawberry plant but its nowhere near my strawberries



Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:52

dutch hoe seems to be a good investment its doing a good job of loosening the grass trouble is still need to rake it up  i'm totally confused by all the small plants i seem to have are they weeds are they something i would like to grow? mmm  i don't know still if i thin them out they will grow better anyway.  I have a few fuchia's looking quite twiggy with no leaves will they come again? 

Theres an odd looking tuberous crown growing which i have no idea what it is and i don't remember planting it. 

i'm afraid a lot of the innocent are not going to survive.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 11:46

right now my projects look a mess, if i get this weeding tackled i might take some photo's mostly everything has died back apart from grass so i need to tackle that and maybe not let poppies take over like last year.

weeding especially grass

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 11:43

thank you it'll go best that way i think, i didn't want to be eroding my topsoil and taking nutrients out so it sounds like a plan, now i just need that final ingredient sweat


weeding especially grass

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:32

its just part of the border which got dug out, landlord needed some top soil... don't ask

so it needs filling with something anyway the beds kind of raised about 8-12 inches from the driveway.



Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:28

Morning all nice sunny morning here, almost perfect for starting a blitz on the weeds i'd love for it to dry out a bit more.  Can i bury grass? 

bought a dutch hoe kit on friday €5 for the head and €5 for the handle. The ready made ones were around €20 think its probably going to be my tool of the day as i uproot the grass which is trying to take over my beds. nice to see some of my plants starting to thrive again. I must have loads of seeds lying dormant waiting to poke through just need to get the grass out so they have a fighting chance.



weeding especially grass

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:16

my new beds grew brilliantly last year masses of flowers and masses of weeds too particularly grass. right now i seem to be creating  a lawn with all the sods of grass growing there. I think when my landlord increased the lawns and scattered grass seed a lot ended up in my flower beds.

I bought a dutch hoe on friday with the intention of clearing the weeds avoiding the perenials and adding some more seeds once i have the weeds under control which right now is mostly grass. 

my question is what to do with it I do have a hole which needs to be filled. so i could dump the grass sods in there or i could just drop em over the wall into the meadow next door. Any suggestions?





Polluted ground

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:05

sounds like a problem with the soak away there should be an area which will have been prepared with gravel and sand when the septic tank system was installed. sometimes these get silted up over time and the water doesn't soak away so much as run along near the surface. 

use your nose if its a bit wiffy round the area you are talking about then its a problem.

I'm in Ireland and the farmers round me engage in some serious muck spreading you could cut the air with a knife luckily the smell dissipates after a day.

It's a funny thing really most people don't relate meat to animals they couldn't stand to see a chicken killed for instance and prepared to the carcase that you see on the supermarket shelves. I think its the extremities which upset people the most.

Well as an  uncomfortable truth our waste goes to fertilize the fields that grow our food.  What did you think was happening to it? Imagine the size of the pile you would have if it wasn't being used. Bacteria do a fantastic job of breaking it all down, along with all the other insects and worms ect. Compost is pretty much the same thing just hasn't been through the digestive system of an animal first. 

Need I mention the most expensive coffee beans in the world have passed through the digestive system of an animal. (please don't choke on your coffee you probably don't drink the really expensive stuff). 

I wouldnt put a veg plot in the area your talking about but most other plants will thrive and you can enjoy them, without thinking about what made them grow so well whilst sitting on your plate.

The main problem you could have is water logged clay soil, there needs to be air in there and the best way to get that is get planting.


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 10:57

morning all, just starting to come out of hibernation. my garden looks a mess and it doesn't look like a day for gardening. I'm now quite busy these days with a job at a local college. I can't promise to be in often but I will keep dropping by from time to time.


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