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Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:49



Yellow patches on lawn.

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:46

Yes, I think paulk2 may well have identified the problem - rake with a hand-lawn rake to remove any thatch and sprinkle grass seed over the patches and then thinly over the rest of the lawn to blend colour.texture of grass.  If you do this in September when rain is forecast it should germinate quickly

Don't feed until next spring.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:40

I've always dug over in the autumn/winter - let the winter weather break the soil down, then all that's needed in the spring is a good raking over.


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:33

The problem with the drain is long-standing but has been getting worse - when we moved here we thought it was just a slow-running drain, but what appears to have happened is that the last owner had some plastering done and some thistle plaster was tipped down the washbasin in the downstairs cloakroom.  What was just a slow-running drain has slowly blocked - apparently this is what happens with thistle plaster in drains!  

Last time the plumber was here he narrowed the blockage down to a double bend in the pipe where it comes out of the cloakroom wall and down under the studio floor (tiled!)  Hopefully by making just a small hole in the wall and floor that piece of pipe can be replaced and all will be well ...........

replacing soil (incl. groundelder)

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:27

When you say 'compost' do you mean the bagged multi-purpose compost that you can buy from garden centres and DIY stores?

I wouldn't use the above - I would use screened topsoil, with the addition of some well rotted farmyard manure and home-made garden compost or leafmould.  If the last isn't available I'd get bags of 'soil conditioner' from garden centres.

Multi-purpose compost breaks down to dust very quickly -i n my experience it's really only suitable for short term planting in containers 

hyperlinks in editor

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:39

Yep - that's the way I've always done it

also I find hitting the space bar after copying and pasting a link will also make it 'live'.


What's stealing moss from the greenhouse

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:35

Don't think so Hosta - too early, and anyway they like dry leaves/grasses.

My suspicion falls on birds looking for the worms/grubs that lurk in moss.

Don't know about the bone ...  one idea - seagulls will take stuff like that and then sqabble over it and drop it randomly.

Himalayan Knotweed

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:32

That's good news Ginny May. 

Japanese Knotweed can be treated, but it needs consistent thorough application of the right chemicals - professional firms will provide certificates etc which usually keep mortgage providers/insurance companies happy.


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:29

Bushman, there's a few left - but you'd better grab one before the plumber gets here!


Posted: 21/08/2015 at 07:28

Fg - I've just read back and 'picked up' on your 100th


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