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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Homemade compost full of seeds / weeds

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 21:29

I often get verbena bonariensis cropping up in the veg patch after spreading compost there - also aquilegia and foxgloves.  I just transplant them into the flower borders

I'm like getting out there before breakfast with my hoe, just 'tickling' the soil surface - I love the sound a hoe makes in the early morning as the birds are singing  - it's proper gardening


Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:58

Hi Shelley

Conifers can take all the moisture and nutrition out of the soil so that few plants can grow near them.  Some of them can also make the soil very acidic which doesn't suit many plants.

What sort of conifer is causing what sort of problem?

Plant id please

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:53


But Nut's probably right - she usually is

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:45

My rhubarb is pushing the top off the forcing pot ... again!

attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:31

You're absolutely right Oldtyke - in order for the birds to feel safe (from cats and sparrowhawks etc) they need shrubs and climbers to hide in - then they can pop onto the feeders and back again.  Pyracantha is good cover as is berberis. 

Also we're getting a lot more birds in the garden now that we've got some plants providing cover on the ground for them to creep around in


Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:17

Try twisting these people's arms

You can always tell them that if they give you a Very Good Deal Indeed you'll tell everyone how nice they are on the Gardener's World  Forum

Fingers crossed for you - Good luck

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:43

At last I've had the opportunity to get outside and do some proper gardening

Seeds sown - golden beetroot, red beetroot, Chantenay carrots and radishes - wire netting placed over the raised bed to keep the neighbour's cats off.

Some hoeing done, some weeding done, some plants in pots moved around - a lot of sitting looking at things and watching birds - a lovely day - more please

raised bed

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:30

Hi Patrick

Here is a useful calculator you can use.

I use approx two thirds top soil (in bags from garden centre) and one third organic farmyard manure (also from gc). 

I find multi-purpose compost breaks down into dust far too quickly to be of practical use in a raised bed which you're going to use for several seasons.

Hope that helps

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 13:26

Just found one amongst my pea plants

Growing carrots in a container

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 13:25

You need to make lots of drainage holes in the bottom of the boxes

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