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Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:51

They'll be much better in a cool conservatory - as long as it's frost free.

As for filling the raised bed - don't forget to leave room to work in a goodly layer of well-rotted manure

Pond and surrounding advice please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:47

Mr Pink - along with the pond we're increasing groundcover planting and low shrubs (we already have mature trees) and yes, a wider range of birds are using our garden.

Gemma - I think that last summer we spent more time on our tummies gazing into the water than we did in front of the telly

Sickly looking Peace Lily

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:27

Hi Ellie

When was it last fed?  Has it ever been repotted into fresh compost?

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Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:24

Good morning all - sharp frost first thing but the sun's melted it all now!   We have stuff to take to the tip and the charity shop later and some h****w**k to do - still too flippin cold for gardening Brrrrrrrrr!  

Lots of attractions in Cornwall - glad we booked our holibobs before Verdun started ripping his shirt off in public - they'll be putting the prices up!  OH still remembers the original Demelza fondly - apparently she was more 'developed'  and 'rounded' as a character

Did you all spot the original Ross playing that nasty judge?

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Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:30
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

very off topic, am I the only person who couldn't give a flying fig about Richard 111 being re-buried.?

I have to say , I've not heard a single person talking about it, apart from channel 4 who seem to have invested very heavily in it.

On the other forum I'm a regular on, one member who lives in York is very 'enlivened' about it all - otherwise not heard a peep from anyone.  Call me a cynic if you like, but I think it's been seen as a money-making opportunity by a lot of band-wagon-jumpers - yes of course, give his bones a decent burial, but filming the cortege etc - who's mourning?   Ridiculous!!! Hurrumph hurrumph ... 

Is soil contaminated?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:23

It's most likely to be one of many types of fungus that feed on the decaying roots of dead plants.  I wouldn't be worried about planting there although I'd probably replenish the soil with some well-rotted manure and/or leafmould and some Fish, Blood and Bone. 

If planting another shrub in that area it would be helpful to use a micorrhizal root powder.

nipped off primrose's

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 18:04

Pheasant's not in season now Granma - you'll have to concentrate on fattening him up over the summer - otherwise it's a sentence of 6 months at Her Majesty's pleasure and/or  a fine of up to £5,000.

When October comes around try offering him some raisins soaked in brandy - a few of those and he'll be too drunk to fly away (old poacher's trick ).

Pond and surrounding advice please

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:16

That's great - Creeping jenny will dangle down into the water, as will ferns which will all help insects etc to clamber in and out, but you need lots of 'cover' for quite a decent area of land around the pond - piles of stones, logs etc.  Nothing will want to venture across bare earth where the herons and crows can spot them. 

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:11

Oh, and move those seedlings to somewhere cooler and lighter - they're getting much too etiolated (drawn out seeking the light). 

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:09

I think you've probably ordered about double what you need in the way of topsoil, if my guestimate of the size of your bed is anything like accurate - have a look here and let it do the calculation for you http://www.topsoilshop.co.uk/topsoil-calculator - you may be able to cancel part of your order.  That money could be used for plants

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