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Scarifier / aerators / rake

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 20:48

Hello gold1locks and mike w,

I read your posts with interest as I look at the blisters on my thumbs after scarifying two smallish lawns.Shudder at the thought of the raking, forking etc etc...plus weeds to deal with, again. 

I've considered a hollow tine aerator as in the past I found that the holes pricked with a fork do close again even after waggling the fork about. Interesting to hear  they  are not as good as advertised. As my lawn soil is compacted and quite wet due to a high water table in this area I'll forget that idea.

So, I'm going to have the specialists in to get the lawns back  into good condition. Pricey, but  its got to be worth it.

Bee

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:20

 good morning everyone. It's a mild wind blowing out there, temp 10oC , grey cloud, patches of blue sky, birds twittering. In fact  a spring-like morning. Enjoy your day whatever your'e doing.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:14

Hello Angela, what a wonderful project. Carol Klein would be in her element. On my daughters allotment she started small raised beds for her young children, just the right width so that they can reach from each side without falling onto plants.  They each had their own and grew 'quick growing' veg and flowers with her guided choice.

I'm new to this forum so can only suggest that you use the 'How to' tag at the top of the page,  I'm sure others will pick up your post to help and advice. Look forward to more photos of your progress.

Bee 

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:54
happymarion wrote (see)

Sometimes when I visit gardens I find myself irresistibly drawn to the view out of the garden,  as in Hidcote garden, here, where the sheep are grazing in the surrounding park and there

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/5078.jpg?width=350


is a lovely view of the Malvern Hills.  And in nearby Kiftsgate Manor gardens another lovely view.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/5079.jpg?width=350


 In Barrington Court the Public Footpath runs through the garden so you can walk out into the view and photograph the lovely Elizabethan Court from the cow field..

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/5080.jpg?width=350


From the Laing (veranda) in the Chinese Medicinal Herb garden at the Bristol botanic garden you can see a view of nearby Blaise Castle Grounds and on a good day the wind turbines at Avonmouth behind it, and the hills of south Wales beyond the Severn.  This garden is to have windows in the bamboo fence to allow glimpses of the other gardens and so that those outside can peep in - a truly Chinese custom.

 Found it! (in archives)...thank you happymarion...inspiring ...it's not often one stands back to take a look at the gardens plus the views. Could our own gardens stand the 'long view' I wonder?

MOB rants

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:38
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Cilmeri-if you go to bottom right hand corner of message it'll come up 'quote' in a little blue window. Click and then when you're about to start your message, click on the quote marks at right end of your message  toolbar and it'll transfer them to the start of your own message. Hope that makes sense!

perfect sense......Thank youuuuuu

We love Monty!

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 10:23

Having said all that..it depends on your GC..Agree with you Dove, your quote...

'Employing people to care for the plants adds to the GC's overheads - hence increased costs. If I've only got a few pounds I know that I'd rather spend them on plants that have been cared for by people who know what they're doing .... '

is reflective of the smaller independant  GC's around here...noted some labels are the same as commercial ones but can see that the plants have been cared for until ready.

Bee

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 07:13

 Good Morning...wide awake and looking at sunshine...so  now...in no paritcular order...

seeds to sow (bought new narow conatiners for windowsills),

dahlia tubers to prepare,

pots to check and move about a bit,

clematis border to finally dig over and wires to put in place on fence,

clean very muddy gardening boots (after unavoidably treading on loose soil),

weed cracks between paving stones - think about using gravel to fill,

check any growth on pond plants

and maybe just maybe, examine the lawn which, in spite of neatly trimmed edges, is showing signs of wear and tear...and weeds

 Have a good day....

Monty Don

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 05:52

...and another thing...read this....posted elsewhere but relevant here...

“'Garden centres throwing away plants' Peter Burks. Chairman of the Garden Centre Association has decided to name a name.

He says the commercial disaster is not the fault of the inclement weather, but of TV presenter Monty Don.In a recent episode of GW MD advised viewers that “There's no great hurry to plant seed, so don't panic. Don't be in a hurry. You don't have to sow anything until April”.

Quite right. The earth tends to have to hit a certain degree of warmth before seeds will germinate.

All that Burks' opinion really illustrates is how much garden centres rely on selling plants to people who don't know much about gardening. Charming”

The Guardian. Saturday 13.4.13

Monty Don

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 05:49

punkdoc wrote -  at 16.51 and above 

'ENOUGH! We seem to be having this pointless debate about whether we love Monty or hate him. I find it reaasuring that he has not been got at by the industry and does not recommend stuff from particular places. The advice he gives is his, if you dont like him dont watch him, if you dont agree with him seek advice from elsewhere.'

I Absolutley Agree...it's noticable that threads are being used with comments made by the few more suitable for facebook or twitter...which cannot be diffused by the odd 'smiley' icom

Give me strength...for goodness sake we are Gardeners...lets get on with sharing our gardening experiences...as MD does.



We love Monty!

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 05:36

Thought you might like to read this Sparker...

“ 'Garden centres throwing away plants'. Peter Burks Chairman of the Garden Centre Association has decided to name a name. He says the commercial disaster is not the fault of the inclement weather, but of TV presenter Monty Don.In a recent episode of GW MD advised viewers that “There's no great hurry to plant seed, so don't panic. Don't be in a hurry. You don't have to sow anything until April.'

Quite right. The earth tends to have to hit a certain degree of warmth before seeds will germinate.

All that Burks' opinion really illustrates is how much garden centres rely on selling plants to people who don't know much about gardening. Charming.”

The Guardian. Saturday 13.4.13

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