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Using soil riddled with ivy

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 18:56

I dug in sharp sand in the worst places together with lots of manure and compost, but just manure and compost in the not so bad places. I have limestone with clay pockets, very alkali and ivy seems to love it. The garden is terraced with stone walls and I've never managed to get rid of the ivy and the bindweed as it hides under the walls.  I dug the beds first, then rotovated them to break up the lumps and it worked pretty well.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 18:50

When we went to Cornwall it was June, loved it. Some great gardens.

Perhaps I better get on with booking the B & Bs for Suffolk next July. Had thought of getting Christmas over with first.

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 18:45


Mine's base is like this and we sunk it a bit in the gravel, put pavers over the bottom metal bits, under the top metal bits and covered with gravel. But they don't all come with the same sort of base, some are flat squares.


Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 18:39

Hogweed said


I was contemplating buying one of those led lit cherry trees but I was concerned as to how I would keep it upright ( and safe from the tauregs that go down my lane and pull the normal Christmas tree over and break the wires to the lights). Does it come with a spike or a fixing plate??"

It comes with a sort of metal stand that you can put smallish paving stones over to stop it toppling over. Then we covered the base of ours with gravel as it was on a gravel drive so it looked better.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 13:10

We are having Leek and potato soup, veg from garden, and home made bread rolls, but then I'm lucky not having to go out to work. Finished my English Christmas cards, now to start the French ones.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:38

Morning all.

I'm another one who is fussy about the Christmas tree, Mrs Garden described me!

DD, no wonder the teacher looked shocked, she would get the sack if she gave your son a flick around the ear!

The farrier came this morning to trim horses' feet. Had the shoes taken off my mare as I hardly ride in winter.

I can understand you wanting a girly part KEF. I had to be John of Gaunt in the school play, just couldn't get up any enthusiasm for it.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:14

Claire above thinks the same as me.


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 23:32

Rozanne has done really well in my garden, flowers for ages, so has geranium psilostemon and geranium macrorrhizum but that last one is good in dry shade. However Anne Folkard and Black Beauty both died, don't know why.

Trachelospermum Jasminoides

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 23:23

Mine is on a south wall and gets a good water 3 times a week in summer. I only fertilised it in spring with a slow acting organic fertiliser. Perhaps fertilising every month is too much and it's so well fed it doesn't feel the need to reproduce, so no flowers. They do like sun, I saw huge ones covered in flowers on south walls in Italy. The flowers buds are more likely to get frosted on an east wall.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 22:40

I think Pixie generally has been a much better dancer than Simon. I was shocked when Darcie and Len voted against Pixie. Mark should have gone and Pixie should not have been in the dance off at all. I would have liked Caroline, Pixie and Frankie in the final. I'm beginning to think the results because of the general public votes are so stupid I may not watch it any more, just annoys me and takes away the pleasure of watching the dancing.

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