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Top soil

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:57

Hi Barbara, yes, it's best to do it now before you start planting.  If you can lay your hands on (not literally of course!) some well-rotted manure and dig this in well to the topsoil it will provide many years of nutrients for your plants.  You can even buy this ready bagged from garden centres and online these days.  If you can't find any, then get some fish, blood and bone fertilizer and fork this in using the dosage recommended on the packet.  That also lasts a long time but you will need to sprinkle a bit over the top of the soil each spring to keep everything happy (in fact, do that even if you add the manure after the first year as plants in raised beds do tend to use up the available goodness pretty quickly.)  

Attacking pampas

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:49

That location sounds great, Sue!  It will provide excellent cover for any wildlife visiting the pond (not many predators will venture into it due to the sharp edges of the blades) and it will provide some shade which should help keep algae levels down in the pond.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:52

What do you call a lady horse race enthusiast who is still wearing her Ascot flower covered hat at Christmas?

A seed head!  

Attacking pampas

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:14

Hi Sue, you don't need to do much to them while they're young other than removing any of the outer 'blades' when they begin to die or look untidy, and the old flowering stems in the spring.  If you have a large garden then they can look great when they reach full size (often 6 feet or more across at the base) but can overwhelm a small garden and are really tricky to remove once they reach a metre diameter at the base.  I had to remove one of that size about 5 years ago (using a chainsaw) and the 'stump' is still there, but (very) slowly rotting underneath the clematis I grew over it to hide it.. 

How to space climbers

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:37

Absolutely - I make new mistakes all of the time!  As one gains experience all it really means is that we have a larger number of past mistakes which we (hopefully) can remember in order to avoid repeating them in the future!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:27

Certainly are, FG!  Just found the single A4 sheet and there are only 6 words in total: "Set up greenhouse as below illustration".  Hmm, there is nothing below the illustration..

Luckily, I've always been able to build "flat-pack" type things without needing instructions which is a good job as It's a matter of having to in in this case!

 

Viburnam Tinus

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 08:40

The beetle eggs over-winter on the bark of the stems so cutting back now should remove a lot of them.  Keep an eye on it in April and May - if the new foliage is being badly attacked by the newly-hatched larvae, you could consider spraying.  Pyrethrum sprays are considered organic as that is derived from chrysanthemums. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 08:26

Morning all, glad that appears to be sorted - noticed a couple of 'latest posts' timed around 7.30 under the new nym but they didn't appear in the actual threads.

Will be planting my capsicum seeds in my home made heated propagator today (another thread the nym-shifter messed-up a bit ) and am going to assemble the frame for my new 4x2m polytunnel, so need to brush-up on my "chinglish" instruction sheet interpretation skills!  

upsetting sight

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 08:11

Mornin' PP.  Fingers crossed that your toad spawn turns into lots of tadpoles and eventually baby toads!  

upsetting sight

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 23:33

I've also heard about the liver thing so assume it was on TV at some point, either a documentary or a nature programme (perhaps Springwatch? - definitely the sort of thing Chris Packham would have picked-up on!)  I don't watch much else on TV to be honest!

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