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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Rhododendron in pot

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:43

Hi LottieGY, Rhodo's need acid soil so I'd leave it in the pot as it's likely growing in ericaceous (acid) compost.  You can get ericaceous liquid feeds which would be perfect - even places like Wilkos have it. 

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 00:50

Zoomer, lily beetles overwinter as adults and don't lay eggs in the soil.  However, good advice from Dave as there may be other things in there such as vine weevil grubs, so do let the birds pick it over by spreading on the surface and leaving for a day or two.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:20

Well done Tracey - did any clips fly off into the distance?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:18

Nice try Dove!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:03

Had a nice surprise when I arrived home from work - a clematis delivery that I can't remember ordering!    I'm not going to check my orders though as there might be more pleasant surprises to come!

plant ID

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 18:49

Agreed.  I love any kind of aquilegia but the other two are now considered invasive weeds in my garden.  The wild Arum seems to get everywhere and I planted the michaelmas daisies on purpose many years ago.. but seriously wish I hadn't!

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.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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New deliveries

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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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