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Removing paving stones to lay a lawn

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:22

Hello Matthew

I would mix the sand with plenty of good topsoil then firm and prepare as normal.  I've seen jolly good lawns come from being laid on quite sandy soil - as long as it's more soil than sand.  Just make sure you remove any rubble and other builder's debris that often finds its way into the foundations of a patio.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:10

Good morning Clari and Joyce  - you snuck in behind me

Coffee anyone?


HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 07:07

Good morning all  G'day Pat if you're around

Pdoc  Verdun posted yesterday evening about blueberries and scented plants - I think that otherwise he's been  busy eating that huge chocolate egg he found - and he mustn't talk with his mouth full must he?

I sowed some seeds on Saturday - both lots of Cosmos are up already - very chuffed especially as one of them was an old packet I bought from Wyevale's sale of out of date  stock and then left in a box for several years - it's a deep pink that they say changes to a bronze as it ages

Looking forward to seeing it

help needed with hyacinth bulb grown in jar

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 23:26
Next September buy a "prepared hyacinth bulb" and put it in the vase. Keep it in the cool and dark until a flower bud is showing clearly then bring it into the light. You should have a bloom for Christmas.

What are your favourite scented plants?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 20:28

Oh, and I've just remembered the wonderful smell you get when you bury your face in a bunch of lilac blooms


Nut, I like the smell of Fritillaria imperialis too

What are your favourite scented plants?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 20:26

Honeysuckle for me too, and Sweet Rocket, another that casts its scent on warm evening air and smells like a cross between night scented stocks and parma violet sweets. 

And on a sunny winter's day, the scent of Sweet Box is magical

Raised beds

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 18:13

I use two thirds good topsoil and one third well rotted farmyard manure. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 17:56

Think Katie is leaving us now - we've even got some sunshine - although the wind is still pretty gusty.

Dysons, I ended up shouting at ours, it knocked our blinds down and hit me on the head, I was so annoyed I bought a simple straightforward Panasonic upright with bags (and a powerful suck) like the one I had years ago and it's wonderful!!!   Wonky and her Lovely Hub have our Dyson - he's a techie and loves it - well, he did ... not sure if he still loves it

Speaking of Wonky - I rang her this afternoon to see how the gig went - she didn't go, she came down with a tummy bug and is still poorly - she's had to phone in sick for tomorrow as of course, as she works with vulnerable people she has to be clear of bugs before she goes back to work. So she really didn't have to go into town and buy a new dress and more plants did she?

Apparently the gig went really well, lots of people attended, Lovely Hub enjoyed his evening and got paid into the bargain

Dog wee and my lawn

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 14:40

If you go ahead with it let us know how you get on - it'd be good to have the Voice of Experience on here

Slugs and catapillars! Surprised I have any plants left!

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 14:38

The bigger spotted striped slugs  and big black and big orange ones eat the small slugs rather than our plants, so I leave them and concentrate on the small grey jobs.

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