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Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: Today at 20:59

Dealing with bad drainage on clay is never easy. This year has been very wet as we all know. I'm considering telling those customers I have with similar problems that lawns may not be the future of British gardens. Either that or raising the level of their lawns and providing a sub strata which would allow better drainage. Adding gravel, and yes its washed most of it, you can specify which type before buying it, is a partial solution but adding strawy manure in addition is better again, but all this needs to be done in early autumn for best results in my experience. To be honest some of these lawn companies provide quick, but often not long term solutions to these problems. They really aren't some of my favourite people. I know most people want a lawn, but maybe we should consider different solutions. One thing though, grass is the most plentiful plant on the planet and one of the toughest can plant breeders help us? Maybe we should be asking them.

South facing containers

Posted: Today at 17:34

What have you put in the containers Kez? MPC or something else?


Posted: Today at 15:35

Snail caviar is increasingy sought after by some, you could have been rich!

Garden Mint

Posted: Today at 12:46

Soil based compost is a John innes no3, but garden soil is fine plus its free.

Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: Today at 10:23

Pampa you can get an aluminium base and drill that into the brick or use good quality tanalized timber which you can screw to the brick. Obviously aluminium will last longer than the wood, but decent tanalized timber will last at least 10 years or more, especially if you seal it again before screwing to the brick. Nothing technical about it appropriate length screws and rawl plugs is all you need.

Garden Mint

Posted: Today at 10:05

As its in a pot Jonesk, I'd feed it in early spring firstly. If it's in MPC I'd change the potting medium to a soil based compost then move it into a sunnier position. Mint takes a while to kick off in spring, its not the first to appear, but once it gets going its hard to stop. You can dig up some roots now and put them in a pot on a warm windowsill to get early results. I prefer mint to be in the ground, but you've got to restrict the roots or it takes over. You can put the pot in the ground, personally I use some 6 inch plastic pipe about a foot long and bury that with 2 inches above the soil. Mint is shallow rooted so that restricts the spread.

Red Prince Weigela

Posted: Yesterday at 23:00

Lyn, some things just do better in pots than others that's all. I get the point mind you, but conditions within pots often don't mimic those in garden soil. Most people use MPC when they should use a soil based compost and open ground reacts with the environment in a different manner. It's all about the microbes within the soil, that's why pot growing is almost an art in itself, to get the conditions in which the plant grows best is harder to achieve in a pot than open ground. Plants have sophisticated communication systems a fact few people are aware of and which science is only beginning to understand. Pots isolate plants from these systems and personally I grow very little in pots these days, they always do better in soil in the garden. 

Red Prince Weigela

Posted: Yesterday at 16:19

Prof they are better in the ground than pots, they can be hard pruned if they get too big. If it has to go in a pot you don't want to go too big to start with, it depends on how big it is when you buy it. You pot on as it grows and the roots fill the pot. Use a soil based potting compost if you do use a pot.

Miniature rose

Posted: Yesterday at 15:29

Lyn  I wouldn't be too hasty to repot, its going outside relatively soon and as I say you want some dormancy so be mean with it. Roses are tough plants and can take a high degree of abuse.

Buying online

Posted: Yesterday at 15:23

ProfCool, have a look at the Good Guys thread on here. People give their experiences of various online suppliers. There are some consistently good or excellent suppliers and the usual ones who get repeatedly overall less flattering reviews. I only use a handful myself, I tend to go to local nurseries more, I'm lucky I some excellent ones nearby.

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