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Posted: 29/12/2013 at 10:12

Just heard from brother who's been on the phone to hospital - it looks as if Pa will return to Ma tomorrow if all continues to go well - brother is visiting this morning and we'll go after lunch then go and visit Ma to update her.  

Toast and marmite and coffee 

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 10:07
Verdun wrote (see)

I think you are right about hard digging Georgina.  Heavy machinery often causes a lot of problems.......soil can be over compacted ESP when damp.  Digging helps you to see your soil, what may be buried there and slows you down enough to understand your plot.  Digging can actually be enjoyable ESP if you take your time. 

And much cheaper than gym membership! 

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 10:00
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

my fear with the " get stuck in with all guns blazing" approach is that, at this time of year, some nasties like ground elder, bindweed , couch grass might be lurking underground,and by digging, you'll just be storing up problems with regrowth from all those chopped up roots later in the season. I'd wait until growth starts but, by all means, start cutting down the brambles as the young growth can either be dug up or treated at a later date.

Digging in this case involves not just breaking up the soil but breaking up each clod with the back of the fork and bending down and removing roots - all and any roots, grass roots, ground elder roots, bindweed roots, nettle roots and bramble roots - to the inexperienced these will be unidentifiable roots but they all need removing and burning or disposing of in a brown wheelie bin.  

That's not 'going in with all guns blazing' but proper digging and soil preparation for whatever is coming next.  It will not result in 'chopped up roots' as simply turning the soil over with a spade would do, or churning the surface up with a rotavator which, I agree would, in this case be a recipe for disaster.  

There is no easy way to do this job properly, but it'll be so much easier to do it now when the soil is soft and nothing is growing!  


Posted: 29/12/2013 at 08:35

Good morning Stacey - the sun's coming up here and it looks gorgeous now - there's a big weeping willow up the rise from here and the sun is making it glow golden - it looks fabulous 

Children and dogs need plenty of exercise - they're much less trouble that way 


Posted: 29/12/2013 at 07:38

Good morning all   Our front garden is glistening white with frost - the back garden is protected by the terraced fencing up the hill and nothing is frosted out there.  We're near the bottom of the rise so as there's no fencing at the front the cold air tumbles down the slope and collects here in a frost pocket - it's fascinating to see the difference between the front and the back gardens. 

We have no plans for today as we will wait to see whether Pa is well enough to return to The Lovely Home or whether he will remain in hospital a bit longer, in which case we will visit him there - we won't know that until late morning so we'll have a lazy start to our day.  

I made a big pot of soup yesterday with the stock from the goose carcass - we had it for supper yesterday, and if we have to visit Pa today it will serve for supper this evening as well - if he doesn't need visitors I have two fat pork chops in the fridge and will make a Potato Dauphinoise  to go with them.  

Chicky, I'm not going to talk to Pa about the cricket - don't want to cause a relapse 

Looking for a house plant that thrives in shade and is VIBRANT.

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 19:08

Sorry, can't help you there - I don't have many houseplants these days - it was 40 years ago when I had my marantas - I think I bought them from a chap who sold plants from a van door to door - perhaps someone else has an idea ............

Looking for a house plant that thrives in shade and is VIBRANT.

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 18:49

Marantas and calatheas were the first houseplants I ever had in my first house so they didn't get expert care - I was 21 years old and hadn't had houseplants before!  I grouped them together on a tray of pebbles which I kept damp - that was all the humidity they needed - just keep them out of direct sunlight.  They're lovely plants. 

Looking for a house plant that thrives in shade and is VIBRANT.

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 15:58

I'd have a look at the Marantas and Calatheas - they're happy in poor light conditions.

A Holly Orchard

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 14:46

She should've gone to Specsavers FB 

Spots on herbs

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 14:43

I'm thinking that it could be rust ? 

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