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Boggy Clay Soil

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 12:38

Hi Mrs-T, I wouldn't recommend the builder's sand as that will make things worse.  Builder's sand contains clay itself and your soil will end up like concrete.  Add grit and/or sharp sand and as much organic matter as possible - mushroom compost can be bought cheaply and contains lime which will help break down the clay.  Ideally you would rotavate it all in before levelling and laying down turf, but otherwise you'll need to dig it in.  Cheap compost would be fine too.  Organic matter and more organic matter is the answer.

What do rabbits not eat...

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 11:29

Zoomer, plant things that you hate and I guarantee the rabbits won't touch 'em and will concentrate on your favourite and most expensive plants!

I'm not helping am I?

Seriously, unless you can use chicken wire or high raised beds like FG says there is little you can do.  From my own experience of having just one wild rabbit making home under my shed I can tell you that the littles will eat almost anything.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 23:49

My GH is 10'x6' but the 'shed' is glazed and has a polycarbonate roof, Busy-Lizzie, so doubles-up for growing stuff and I've just erected a 4x2m polytunnel.  I'll still run out of space though as (like many of us here) my 'seed eyes' are bigger than my belly!

I always grow a few Ferline, scroggin, and those do seem pretty resistant but the taste is nothing special although still miles better than anything in the shops though!  Sungold also do well for me outside, too.

 

 

what is this?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 23:37

Looks like a Euphorbia of some kind, not sure which one though, maybe lathyris?

Pumpkins in pots

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 23:10

Hi sunnysarah, there is a compact F1 variety I grow called 'Summer Ball' which produces lots of tasty small yellow pumpkins (up to 6" diameter) which can also be picked young and used as courgettes.  It's a prolific cropper.  I've not tried it in a pot but as it doesn't produce long trailing vines and all of the fruit come from the short centre stem I think it would grow ok in a large pot (say 15" diameter or more.)  T&M and Suttons (amongst others) have seeds for this one.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:24

Got the seedlings transplanted which are now sitting in the heated bench for a few days while the overnight temps are forecast to be dodgy.  About 10 varieties of tomato, 2 types of chilli, 4 types of pepper and 'showpiece' and 'giant' dahlias:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40015.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Still plenty to go though:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40016.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40017.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40018.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

and I've 2/3rds of my seeds still to sow!

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 12:32

Hi Loganberry, blackbirds build a new nest each time they raise a brood, so they will be about somewhere and I'm sure they know where the good pickings are when it comes to feeding the babies, so they'll be back visiting you.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ashplorers/news/2010/2/

 

Convert grass to gravel/chippings

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:40

I recommend using a layer of landscape fabric on top of the weed control fabric as the latter can be fairly easily pierced by sharp gravel etc and the woven landscape stuff will protect it from that.  It won't cost a lot more but will ensure the areas stay weed-free for many more years than weed fabric alone.

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:32

Getting through about 1.5 litres of bird seed a day now - the two 25kg sacks (mixed &  sunflower hearts) I bought a few weeks ago are now half empty!   Making new baby birdies is obviously using a lot of energy!  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:26

Morning all.  Lots of seedlings to pot up and transfer to the conservatory today (toms, peppers, chillies and dahlias.)  Really need to start preparing the spud plot too which still has nets from last year's brassicas covering it but that requires extra clothing as I'm a bit nesh myself today!  

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30
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