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Another Clay Border Problem

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 14:35
Terry2Trowels says:

Dovefromabove - Do you think the worms will take it down into the pure solid clay that we have under the soil?

 It's a gradual process ... at first the worms will colonise the top inch or so of clay and gradually they will improve that, and bit by bit they'll work their way down.  But it will take time ... just keep mulching with organic matter ... the more you do that the more worms you'll have and the quicker it will happen.  In the meantime, grow stuff that will cope with the current conditions ... look around you ... what's growing in the hedges and the ditches ... those plants will most likely have 'garden relatives' ... they'll be happy in your garden.  

Clematis dieing from bottom up

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 14:30

It looks more like a honeysuckle than a clematis.  Honeysuckles twine around their supports as yours appears to be doing, whereas clematis use their leaf stalks to cling onto things like this

My guess is that your honeysuckle is very thirsty ... they need a lot of moisture and as it's at the foot of a wall it's probably shielded from most rainfall (what we call a 'rain shadow') .  I would give it a bucket full of water at least twice a week from now until autumn, whether it rains or not.  If you can get hold of some well rotted manure, leaf mould or home made compost mulch around the root area with that (just don't have manure actually touching the stems ... leave a small gap)

Next spring water it the same from early March onwards.  and also give it a sprinkling of Fish Blood & Bone (a slow release organic fertiliser) in the spring.  

Let us know how you get on 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 14:00

We get lots of dragonflies here Fairy ...  we're on the edge of marshes in the Yare Valley and close to the Norfolk Broads ... but they don't usually come indoors ......... although for some reason the red damselflies do 

Is this a weed?

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 13:40

I think you're right Fairy... a tripod of canes and some string woven around it to give the sweet pea a framework to scramble on and cling to ... much easier and less damaging to other plants at this stage of the year 

Another Clay Border Problem

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 12:46

There's a lot to be said for growing plants that like the conditions you've got  ... anything else can feel like banging your head against a brick wall ... that's ok for those that like it ... 

That's not to say that you shouldn't try to improve the soil, but slowly ... dig well rotted manure into the top soil and in following years mulch with organic matter (manure and home made compost etc) .. worms will take it down lower and improve the clay, bit by bit.   My father farmed on clay ... over the years, with the addition of loads of manure and sensible management (don't work it when it's wet and claggy) it became some of the most productive arable land in East Anglia.  

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 12:37

Think you're right Fairy ... I've found a better site for identifying the sexes ... it's a female 

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Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:35

Well, I think he's a Southern Hawker, although having looked him up every description says they have blue markings on the tail end segments ......... and he doesn't 

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Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:34

Mr & Mrs Pdoc ((huge hugs)) xx

Good to see you Pat 

I've been outside doing stuff in the garden ... I walked indoors to use the facilities when I heard a really odd rattling whirring noise .... tracked it down to the front window .... behind the Sansevieria and rattling around among the wooden slats of the blinds was a huge male Southern Hawker dragonfly 

I managed to pull the blinds up without sqidging him and opened the window and ushered him out with a copy of Gardeners' World 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 10:52

I think they think that once a girl has got a permanent chap she loses interest in other things 

New girlfriends go to such things because they're new and chaps assume they're going along just to please the chap.  I mean, girls don't really like engines do they  

To be fair, when I was going out with Wonky's Papa I used to go and watch him play football every Saturday and Sunday ... yes ... honest ... either standing on the touchline or sitting in a far full of other footballers' wives   Once we were married I spent Saturday afternoons baking for his pack-up the following week and Sunday I was doing h*wk and Ir*ning  ... to be honest doing that with Radio 4 for company was better than standing on a touchline 


Posted: 29/07/2017 at 10:38

Join Chris Packham's club ... he gets very excited over poo 

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