BobTheGardener


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Silty clayey soil.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 21:51

Yes, a clay-based soil is possibly the best there is as far a fertility is concerned.  However, you will need to improve the structure by adding as much organic matter as possible, with horse manure or farm yard manure being ideal.  Any kind of compost would also be good.  As a rough guide, you want to add about a 4 inch layer of manure/compost over the area and dig it in.  Do that every year and you will end up with a plot in which anything will grow.  Brassicas do particularly well in clay soils but are difficult to grow in light soils, so you already have an advantage.  Many folk including me recommend potatoes as your first crop as this helps to break up the clay (even if it's only because you have to dig the area twice - once to plant them and again to harvest!)

If nothing has been grown there before, or the area is compacted (eg after being used a lawn) an initial "double digging" may be worth the effort:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=133

 

Planting strawberry plants

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:19

I agree, plant them out now.  Strawberries require a cold period to produce well and are completely hardy.  The longer they have to develop a goot root system now, the better future crops will be.

Green blobs

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:56

It's Nostoc algea which is indeed a blue-green algea but one which typically grows on gravel and very poor soils.

http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/bluegreenalgae.htm

Difficult to deal with.  You best bet is to improve the soil with lots of compost etc.

Long thread about it a while back:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/slimy-fungus-on-gravel/5082.html

 

air brick problem

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:53

I've downloaded and added the image for you mrsail:


I fully agree with pansyface - you could find yourself in legal trouble if you breach the DPC.

One safe way of doing it would be to build a small retaining wall so there is about a 15cm gap between it and your neighbours wall.  Remove soil in the gap down about 15cm below where it is now and refill with gravel up to the present level to provide drainage.  Quite a lot of work though.

hyperlinks in editor

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:31

An app is a bit like an oran or a lemo.

Ooh!  Just found this to better describe a pop-up:


 

hyperlinks in editor

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:24
nutcutlet wrote (see)

wot's a pop up box

It's the computer version of a Jack-in-the-box, nut! 

Anyone know where I can get well-rotted manure in Lewisham, South East London?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:17

The 50l growsure FYM from Wickes is pretty good stuff - 3 for a tenner.

Tips on growing Coli's

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 18:45

Growing good cauli's is tricky for even the experienced Baza.  Some tips:

  • Never let them dry out, even when seedlings
  • Plant them when they have about 5 true leaves and plant them deep, right up to the bottom leaves
  • Never let them dry out
  • Firm them in when planting using your foot
  • Never let them dry out
  • Earth them up as they grow so there is very little bare stem showing
  • Never let them dry out
  • Feed them with a high-nitrate feed like nettle tea
  • and, in case I didn't mention it, never let them dry out!

Who Can Put A Name To This Thing?

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 18:32

Yes, it's a sedum but difficult to tell them apart until the flowers are fully open.

Cutting down a medium sized sycamore and grinding out the stump

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 18:33

Yes, I have several in my borders.  You can even go for the 'patio' type which don't need much room at all, as those can be grown in large pots.  I just make sure nothing 'rampant' is planted too close to them!

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