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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Removing years of neglected to lay a lawn

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:28

You may be absolutely right - it may be the sort of space where  a lawn is nigh on impossible - my last garden was a small and very shady north facing inner city space - no way would a lawn have worked there - but a paved circle and some beds around it with trellis and climbers and a tiny water feature ,gave us a lovely place to sit out and have a drink or three on a summer evening after a hard day at the salt mine!!!

And we even grew a few veg there too 

I think it would be a good idea to have a real appraisal of the garden - the direction it faces, how much sun it gets, type of soil in the area and possible drainage problems.

Then look at the types of garden that would work in those conditions and see which/if any appeal to Steven .......... at least  that would give us something to work on ....


Uploading photos

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:17

Check your Settings - under forum settings there's one where you can opt for Basic Edit or Advanced Edit.  If you select Advanced Edit and then Save Changes, when you come back to the forum you should have a toolbar above where you type your post.  This will have a little green tree icon on it.

If none of that makes sense give us a shout! 

Lupin Troble

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 07:44

It may be - try moving it into the shade and see if that improves matters.

 Lupins are quite fleshy plants and need lots of moisture so hot sunshine can cause them to flop. 

But remember, if it's in the shade it won't need as much water as previously - you don't want to overdo it and make it boggy 'cos then you're creating the perfect conditions for various fungal infections to move in.


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 07:18

Me too 

Rhubarb on allotment...

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 07:16

Yes, some varieties are pink stemmed and some are greener - I'd pull some now and try it out.  It's coming to the end of the time when you should be harvesting it, but as you've not taken any earlier in the season it will be fine to take some now.

When you pull grasp the stem down low and pull and twist so that the whole stem comes away witthout leaving a stump - this way will guard against any rot setting in.   

I only pull about a third of the stems at a time.  

Although the link I gave was about new rhubarb, this post gives general info about looking after your rhubarb. 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Rhubarb should be planted with lots of organic matter and not allowed to dry out.  However, take care not to let the soil get wet and boggy.

Don't harvest any stems in the first year after planting and only take a few in the following year.  Always stop harvesting after mid to late June, to allow the crown to build up for the following year. 

I give mine a feed of Fish, Blood & Bone in spring, again in mid summer when I stop picking, and again in late autumn when I also mulch around the crown with well rotted farmyard manure.

When all the leaves have died right down in the late autumn remove them so they don't encourage rot in the crown. .....



Posted: 23/06/2014 at 07:09

They certainly looked like the originals KEF 

Hedgehog hazards

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 06:48

Absolutely understand Victoria 


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 06:46

Morning all 

Help my hedge is dying

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 06:44

If it's a cupressus-type hedge I'm afraid that once you've cut back into the brown wood it is unlikely to rejuvenate and grow fresh green growth.



Posted: 23/06/2014 at 06:38

Good morning folks!  

More coffee needed ........................... 

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