Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Steep Back Garden Sloping Towards House

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 15:51

I would say your best bet would be to terrace it, with either steps at one end, both ends or in the middle, with a horizontal path running along the entire length of the slope, half way up.  That would give you complete access and the path would soon be hidden from view by plantings.  Cutting the path into the slope would create the top terrace automatically and retaining 'walls' of sleepers (2 or 3 high) would be enough to hold the soil back, especially if you drill vertical holes through the sleepers and hammer reinforcing bar (rebar), easliy available from a builders merchant, a couple of feet into the soil below.

what is eating my Christmas cards?

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 15:43

If it's slugs, you'll definitely catch them at it if you do a late night visit.  Mice will hear you coming though, so other methods needed to confirm their presence.

Steep Back Garden Sloping Towards House

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 15:34

It's a bit difficult to visualise the extent of the slope in order to advise, Souperwoman.  Could you perhaps take a few photos from further back or an upstairs window etc., to show as much of the garden as you can?

Last edited: 18 December 2016 15:35:31

Apple tree branch joined at both ends

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 13:12

It can happen when branches are permanently touching each other and is one reason for the basic pruning advice of "remove all diseased, damaged and crossing branches".  However, it won't hurt the tree.  Tree surgeons may also graft a branch like this on very old trees to provide support for a main branch which has been weakened by damage such as rot in the heartwood.

Coffee husks

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 20:22

If it does contain a lot of nitrogen, it will act as an excellent compost accelerator so I would continue to add it to your compost heap in any quantity you like, then use the resulting compost to improve your soil.  Just make sure you wet the heap if adding a lot of it in one go. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 15:48

Cut the leaves off of the hellebores as flower buds just emerging.  Also pulled some ivy up which had trailed over the beds from the native hedge.  Lots more of that to do!

Last edited: 17 December 2016 15:48:33

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 10:49

Looks like those elves are planning a break-in, Logan!

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 17:50

On a recent nature programme, it was mentioned that lots of birds that we call resident actually do migrate but the migration may be by only a few tens of miles further south.  They are then replaced by birds from a few miles further north.  Even robins and blackbirds do it, if I recall correctly so the ones you have in summer in your garden may not be the same ones you had in winter.

Advice on planting hedge

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 22:40

There's some excellent advice on this site:

They say 75cm apart for a dense hedge.  You will need to prepare the planting holes properly and feed and water them well for the first 2 years, so it will be a fair bit of work but this would apply to any kind of hedge if you want it to establish well.  After that it would be mainly just pruning with a feed every few years.

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 19:53

Scab on potatoes is caused by a bacterium in the soil and is worse in alkaline soils.  Lime is often added to multi-purpose compost to reduce the natural acidity.  The chances are that the seed potatoes you used were already carrying some bacteria and the compost you used this year just happened to have more lime in it than usual.  I would buy your seed potatoes from another supplier next year and use a different brand of compost.  The chances are they'll be fine.

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