BobTheGardener


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broad beans

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 14:16

I agree with Lyn - they are very hardy and you do need them outside in order for them to get pollinated (usually by bumble/solitary bees at this time of the year.)   A bit of protection wouldn't be out of place if you haven't hardened them off though.

Boggy Clay Soil

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 14:07

It will definitely help!  Anything like that will be good for helping to break down the clay.  Ultimately, it will be the worms that do the work for you and all they need is organic matter in the soil on which to feed.  As they burrow through the clay they make nice little drainage holes for you. 

PS, just seen the bit about the trench - if you can dig one at the side of the new lawn and fill it with rubble etc., it will help to drain the area.  Best put something on top of the rubble to stop the holes filling up with soil though - a sheet of landscape/weed control matting will do the trick.

Boggy Clay Soil

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 13:02

I'd go for the mushroom compost and work it in as you go.  A large amount of grit/shingle type stuff would be needed to make any difference (at least the equivalent of a 4 inch covering of the whole area before digging it in, so an awful lot of hard work carrying and spreading such heavy stuff), but the compost will provide a better solution and be much easier to work in.  Don't skimp on the mushroom compost - using lots of it will pay dividends in the future.   The local newspaper is often a good source for mushroom compost suppliers.

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/

 

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