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Where to begin?

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 07:50

I'm no expert, but I'm sure raising the soil above neighbouring areas would help with drainage. The main way it's recommended to improve clay soil is by digging in organic matter, eg compost, manure, coir etc.

We're on heavy clay, but we're quite lucky to be on a slight incline. We started improving the soil using bags of manure and soil improver from the garden centre just over a year ago and are seeing a big difference in the quality of soil already.

You could always work with it and create a bog garden, plenty of wildflowers like marsh marigold enjoy damp conditions. What sort of wildlife are you hoping to attract? I found it so rewarding last year watching the bees, butterflies and hoverflies on our plants where before there had been gravel, grasses and paving.

Some news for wildlife friendly gardeners

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 08:33

A really interesting study! There are so many myths about wildlife gardening.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 08:20

I'm swapping garlic for Jermor shallots, as the garlic didn't really taste of anything. Had good success with the runner beans, but will be swapping them for dwarf french beans next year as they shaded everything else - it's a small plot.

Been really pleased with white lisbon spring onins, and had a few good courgettes (black beauty), and plenty of baby carrots (chantenay red cored). It's my first year growing things, and I'll be rearranging things to try and get the most out of the space.

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:01

I'm hoping the same Green Magpie! My chard isn't attracting the beasties - probably as it's stil quite small - but the spinach beet can resemble net curtains. Thanks for the feedback about your experiences over winter all.

Snowdrops

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 14:27

It never hurts to try, I got a pack half price in about November last year, and they all came up. Only 1 flowered - but they should all have a go in the spring.

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 08:38

Great, I will do similar and see how they last. I have found, similarly, that the spinach beet I netted was eaten more than before it was netted. Not sure if the netting prevented the birds picking off minibeasts, or if the leaves were closer together and easier to eat.

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 19:32

I have some chard and perpetual spinach/spinach beet I'm hoping to overwinter. Does anyone have experience of doing this? How much protection do they need, if any?

On a related note, so far this summer the local wildlife (slugs, caterpillars etc) have eaten more of my spinach beet and rocket than we have. Has anyone had success in protecting these? Space is tight and I am growing them between other vegetables in some places.

Thanks in advance!

re- what to grow next year

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:10

I can't comment on weed killer - I use pelleted chicken manure to fertilise the soil (much like fish, blood and bone to use), and feed things that need it with tomato food or seaweed extract. I have swiss chard and perpetual spinach (spinach beet) growing now. If you're looking for things for next year rocket and other salad leaves are really easy, and I'm having a go at overwintering some spring onions this year.

Dissapointed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 18:51

Have you thought about using perennial wildflowers as the backbone of the meadow? I have some harebells in a border, and plan to grow red clover and bird's foot trefoil as plugs to naturalise in an area of grass. Picking a selection of the varieties that work best, if you can identify them, could be a good idea.

 

 

Covering or hiding old tree stumps

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 16:15

We have ferns growing round the stump in our garden, and soloman's seal. The stump is a foot or so high, and totally covered by the foliage. We were aiming to make a feature of it in a 'woodland ' corner.

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