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Apple canker

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:03

I'd dig a serious amount of grit and compost into that area to improve the drainage, after which it should be fine.  One way to check drainage is to first dig a hole about 18" (45cm) deep, when it's forecast to be dry for a few days.  If a puddle appears at the bottom after a day or two and doesn't drain away, then the ground is waterlogged and most trees won't like that at all.  If that happens you can still improve things by digging a trench towards a lower part of the garden, filling the bottom with rocks, hardcore or gravel etc covered by a sheet of weed membrane before re-filling the trench with soil.  Quite a lot of hard work but it will be a long-term fix.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:52

Wickes have 70l bags at £3 at the moment.  Not as good as it used to be but I grew toms, peppers and general flowers in it last year with no problems.  That's my review on their site.

Runner bean root disease?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:48

Normal - that's how they grow.  Runners need lots of organic matter and many growers make trench at least a foot deep in autumn and throw all of their vegetable waste into it, as well as shredded newspaper, cardboard and home made compost.  All of that stuff helps retain water which they need lots of.  You can't really over-water them but lack of water will result in a poor crop with many flowers dropping before they get pollinated by bees (which is 100% essential.)

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:35

It should work fine scroggin.  I've not grown them for a few years but pretty sure I also started them in modules last time.

pretty soil

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 23:39

If sowing seeds, top-dress with the MPC and sow into that using the same depth as recommended on the seed packet.  Don't sow the seeds then top-dress as that will prevent them from germinating (top-dressing acts as a weed seed suppressant, so would also suppress your annual seeds.)

pretty soil

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 22:17

That lovely dark, crumbly, fine texture will only come with time, Loganberry.  Eventually, even the lumpiest clay will end up looking good.  If you top-dress with a couple of inches of MPC every spring (I use the cheapest available), you can cheat while the worms do the business for you beneath the surface.

Raised veg beds next to hedge

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:54

Hi Melanie, Depending on the depth of your raised beds, you could line the bottom of them with weed suppressing membrane which will prevent the roots of the hedge growing upwards into the beds (which is the main problem.)  If your beds are 30cm or deeper there will still be plenty of soil depth for the vast majority of veg., before their roots reach the membrane.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:37

This thread reminded me of a photo I took in 2006.  This particular blackbird appeared whenever I was in the garden and came within a few feet when I was digging.  You can see the reason in the beak!

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38779.jpg?width=350

  Edit: just found another:
http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38780.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:00

That's one of the advantages of raised beds, Fluffy Cloud.  The natural soil here is heavy clay so I know exactly what you are going through.  I've raised many of my borders or built new raised ones over the years.  The hardest part has been filling them with soil - it always takes far more than you imagine!

Viability of Collected Dahlia Seeds

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 19:11

I grow various types of dahlia every year, some from self-sown seeds and it can take a few weeks, so no need to worry just yet.

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