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Which tool to break soil the best

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:22

I use a fork (dtich the spade on heavy clay - I have lost 4) to break up the soil. A pick axe is also good where needed and then I add materials.

Compost and manure will help as Clueless has said. The frosts do shatter clay. I also add in lots of perlite, bark chippings and grit. Forget sand as that and clay can make concrete in summer! It does improve.

I also tried trenching in scraps of food and garden waste, that attracts worms and they do a lot of backbreaking work for you for that waste!

 

Small tree suggestions for small Coastal back garden.

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:16

I was also going to suggest Tamarisk.

Holly, Loquat, Mahonia, Euctalyptus etc all come to mind.

Gardening programmes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 09:54

While I find TV gardening programmes to be on the whole a bit 'decorative' rather than informative, they do make me motivated to go out and sort things and get the odd bit of inspiration.

The garden makeover in 30 minute shows are great but usless unless you have a landscaper and £10,000 for hard landscaping and labour. Normal gardeners have to take years to get the same effect.

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:24

5 metres long is about the length of my garage...do you mean long?

Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:18

5 metres or feet? 5 metres is about 1.5 stories housewise.

You can buy 2-5 metre tall Bamboo that is evergreen and screening, but taller it is the more ££ it is.

Miscanthus

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:15

If kept in the pot, then a cold greenhouse. If in the ground then raise it a bit so the soil drains. Those 1970's Pampas grass islands with raised earth and stones...works a treat for Miscanthus.

Zones in gardening terms?

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 16:13
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

Do you think that US gardeners rely on RHS ratings? Horses for courses.

Well said!

Zones in gardening terms?

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 15:53

Totally agree with the above. Those hardy ratings only look at minimum temperatures and as we have mild winters but very wet ones, hardy ratings are useless.

Our winters are wet, mild and long. American ones are shorter, colder and drier.

The trebrown map above puts me in 9a which is the same as California and Florida... alas our weather is not at all like that.

Bonfire night memories or traditions.

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 09:43

We used to have communal bonfires and everyone would let fireworks off nearby, so everyone shared. There was always a badly made Guy and outside the shops boys would ask a penny for the Guy.

Did not see a single bonfire yesterday and people where still setting off fireworks late at night, so I think it has become a personal, let's set off fireworks rather than a social event for many. The 'Guy's' have been consigned to history.

What herbs do i need to bring in?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:24
obelixx wrote (see)

I get worse than -20C and if it comes without snow to give a protective blanket, it's devastating.

That makes sense...it rarely gets below -3C where I live. My problem is that cold weather last half a year. I have relatives in Inverness and the Lavender and Rosemary just ignore the snow and double digit weather.

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