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Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 15:07

Hi Pottering girl   I'm glad it's not been a problem so far ... my younger brother, a fit farmer then in his early 50s, broke his leg and was on crutches for my son's wedding ... simply because the gravel slipped under his feet.  He had someone come and look at it and they said that gravel needs to be bedded into a soft surface.

Please be careful. 

Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 14:27

I would caution against putting gravel over a solid base ......... it will move beneath your feet and bad slips can result ,,, I know someone who broke his leg when he slipped on a badly laid driveway where the gravel hadn't 'bedded in'.  

Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 14:24

I would leave the paving.  If weeds will grow in the cracks so will Creeping Thyme - get the weeds out and sprinkle lots and lots of Creeping Thyme seeds around.  As has been said, lots of cottage garden plants and climbers in the raised bed above that nice curved wall, ferns at the foot of the wall.  Then go to your local country auction house and buy lots of old chimney pots, stand pipes, sinks and old terracotta pots  etc of all different sizes and heights for growing plants in and fill them full of plants - trailing campanulas, ivy leaved geraniums, prunella, Lady's mantle,  there's loads of pretty things.  Arrange them in groups/clusters of varied sizes.  

Take up an area of paving and plant a pretty tree ... perhaps a fruit tree ... and get some attractive garden furniture ... some of that wrought iron style would look lovely  Perhaps one of those wrought iron seats that goes around a tree trunk too .

Then just screen off the bin area by erecting some posts and large trellis panels and put containers with small climbers in against the trellis. 

It'll look a picture 

All that'll cost money, but it won't cost as much as taking up that paving and making something completely new.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 13:48

Oooh, is that an Egremont Russet Learnincurve?  One of our favourite apples ... delicious with a chunk of mature cheddar or a strong Red Leicester. 

Have my dahlias died ?

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 13:44
Mike Allen says:

Dahlias can remain in the ground.  Think about it.  In the natural world.  Does someone come along and dig rootsocks up?...

 In the natural world, does someone put tomatoes and squashes in a protected environment while they are small and then plant them out?  No of course they don't ... because tomatoes and squashes originate from a different climate to that of the UK.  

To say it's ok to leave dahlias in the ground over winter in every garden in the UK is just as daft as to suggest that potatoes will be fine left in the garden all winter and we can just go out and dig them up as and when we need them, Christmas Day included.  

There are some areas of the UK where dahlias are fine outside for nine winters out of ten, but in rural gardens where temperatures can drop and  the ground can be claggy, cold and wet, dahlias are best off lifted and protected.  

What are these and how do i get rid of them?

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 13:18

Bin liners won't work with crocosmia - dig them up this year - next year dig up any that you missed this year, the year after do the same.

After that you'll have got rid of most of them, but the occasional one will pop up ... however, if you're mowing the grass regularly that should stop them causing a problem. 

Chilli seedlings have wilted over!

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 12:49

We've had a couple of days of strong sunshine and those little seedlings don't have enough root system to take in enough moisture to cope with the transpiration/loss of moisture from the leaves on a hot day in a south facing window.  .

I would have moved them into the shade yesterday or shaded them with newspaper  ... but today the weather isn't so bright ... my guess is that your seedlings will recover if you just leave them alone.  No watering unless the compost is really dry.  

Geranium Patricia not really growing

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 12:14

Is it getting enough sun if it's on the opposite side of the garden to the Rozanne? I know it can cope with some shade, but if it's getting too much it may well not be happy. 

Germinating seeds on a windowsill

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 12:04

Sorry ... don't know why they've done that 

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