Latest posts by diggingdoris

Dealing with garden drainage--clay soil.

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 20:03

Yes clay is a nuisance in the winter months, but it does have it's good side as well. It is great for trees and shrubs, and it holds nutrients very well. Over time I've learnt by trial and error what grows best in this type of soil, and it's rewarding to see improvement over the years by adding organic matter, grit etc. There's lots of advice on web pages. Good Luck!


Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:26

Also did you plant them deep enough? I've replanted some of my blind ones about 4 inches deep and this time they've flowered. Maybe mine needed a years rest, but I think they were too shallow.

Love in a Mist - Nigella

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:17

I have a clay soil and have self seeding nigellas come up every year. Unless you collected every single seed pod you'll probably find little fluffy leaves appearing near where the old plant was. In fact I have some babies already 8 inches tall growing from self seeding. Go and check before you start sowing.

Clematis problem

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:03

As most things in the garden are early this year I thought I'd better check with you all about my clems. The ones that should be trimmed end of Feb begin of March, have flower buds on already and it seems a shame to cut them off. What should I do please?

evergree trellis cover

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 13:30

My son wants to fix  trellis panels to make his fence taller and wants to put a climber on it to hide the neighbouring building. So something evergreen would be best. He suggested Russian Vine for quick cover but I told him to beware of this as it will take over the rest o the garden. Has anyone any suggestions please?

Colditz escape!

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 07:58

I found a dead rat by one of the compost bins last week, so I guess he was the one that had been trapped in the greenhouse. My Jack Russell may have killed it as he's been nosing around near there for weeks now. Trouble is I'm worried they may be nesting in one of the bins(I've got 3 dalek ones) but with a cat and dog I don't want the council putting poison down. Any ideas?

wierd weather

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 13:04

I just worry what will happen to all the early growth on everything when we get the frosts that are forecast.


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 13:03

We are on clay here and even though I've worked on drainage for the last 40 years our lawn is like walking on  blancmange. Each time the dog goes out he comes in with 3 inches of black boots. As he's only a Jack Russell it's not his weight that makes him sink into the lawn. Border edges are full of water as well, so I guess I will have lost several plants from drowning.

Mind you, I'm complaining, but shouldn't really, as I have the greatest of sympathy for our northern gardeners who have lost their homes as well. I should be thankful.

repotting fig

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:47

Many thanks to you all. I'll be potting it today.

repotting fig

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 20:34

Many thanks I'll get up the GC tomorrow before it dies on me!

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