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Building an arbour

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:19

Oh bother, I suspected as much.  Thanks for replying.  I don't suppose you can lend a hand Fairygirl...?

beds

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:16

I've got a similar situation. They'd have saved me time by not bothering with putting the topsoil on.  I'm digging out the massive stones and sieving the rest of the rubbish out on a wheelbarrow sized riddle with the back of a rake.  I piled the earth up initially and now backfill where I've created a hole with the earth and manure (I get 5 bags for 3 from the garden centre when it's on special offer).  At some point I will get to the end with a hole and no earth to fill it at which point I'll probably buy some topsoil and mix it with manure.  Warning: I got manure from a riding school in my previous garden and it brought a load of weeds in with it so I'm sticking with stuff from the garden centre now.  I suppose it depends on your compost - if you've made it yourself then fine, but some multipurpose stuff dries up and won't rehydrate well.  I throw compost from my pots onto the compost heap.

Building an arbour

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:04

Hi, if I build a wooden arbour does it have to be fixed into the ground like you would with a fence or can it just sit there like a garden bench?  I ask because I want it to go on a paved area and don't fancy digging up all the hardcore and rubbish that I know will be lurking under the paving stones.  I'm looking for a lazy way out but suspect it will need fixing to the ground.

Metal in soil

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:53

Good idea BobTheGardener, I have sent them an email.  They actually have a department for this, I had no idea.  Thanks very much.

Allotments!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:44

Depending on what you inherit from the previous occupant, to avoid getting discouraged early on you may wish to concentrate on improving the soil in a small area - starting at a square metre (Google square foot gardening).  My friend inherited a challenging space and is taking it one step at a time and covering the rest with cardboard to deal with later.  And listen to advice from people who's plots you admire.  I hope it brings you a lot of pleasure.

Any experience of Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:38

Don't bother buying seed, your friend will have more than enough to give away. It se;f seeds everywhere but in al the right places and looks great.

Prunus "Amanogawa"

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:36

We planted one 18 months ago.  Ours has two rather floppy main stems on a very short trunk so, whereas I would normally go for a short stake with trees, I've had to put a broom handle in and tie both stems much further up than normal to stop it rocking about.  I planted it in a recently manured bed and added blood, fish & bone and mycorrhizal fungi.  Kept it watered in dry weather and it's flowering like anything at the moment, even though I'm not very knowledgable about these things.  Good luck with yours.

Metal in soil

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:25

Our street in York was built on a rubbish tip, that I can only assume was used for the building of the nearby railway.  When we moved in the garden was mostly paved over and I've been trying to turn it into borders.  Some of it is just a case of sieving the hard core out of the soil, but in some parts there are bricks, pottery and metal slag.  I can't remove all of the tiny bits of metal and wondered whether it would cause a problem if I plant fruit and veg in those areas health-wise.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this please?

Confused by my group 3 clematis

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 16:00

Oh thanks for that BobTheGardener, if only plants did what the books say they should.  I'll go and do it now while the sun is out 

Confused by my group 3 clematis

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 15:53

Hi, the books say to cut my clematis down to around a foot from the ground above a pair of healthy buds.  My dilemma is that the lowest bud at one foot is solitary, not a pair, and then the next pair of buds don't appear for around 3 or 4 foot.  So do I go for lower down or the pair of buds?

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