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Talkback: Moles

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 13:52

Some moles just don't read the gardening books! 

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 12:49

I've not seen it but ........ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-26264881 !

Epsom Salts

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 12:30

Sue, don't know if this would be a possibility? http://www.amazon.com/Epsom-Salts-Magnesium-Sulfate-10lbs/dp/B00025H2V8 

Rotavator to tame paddock? Will it work?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 12:26

Just an idea, but would the children be interested in creating a miniature version of the Desert Wash as in the gardens at East Ruston http://www.e-ruston-oldvicaragegardens.co.uk/pages/view/588/new-brochure.htm  on page 18 of the brochure - something quite dramatic!

Top soil

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:58

Snap Bob! 

Top soil

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:58

Good morning Barbara and welcome - you may be a 'basic gardener' but you've obviously got the Under Gardener well trained  

Filling the raised beds with topsoil is good - forking in some well rotted farmyard manure (obtainable in bags from garden centres) will be even better - I'd put a layer of 3 to 4 inches of the aforesaid manure on the beds and fork it in - that and a sprinkling of Fish, Blood and Bone (also available from garden centres) and most plants will be very happy indeed. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:26

Welcome back Matty - all sorted now 

Rotavator to tame paddock? Will it work?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:24

Just keep pulling out the stones and mowing - not very short, but often enough for it to be possible to push the mower - the more you mow the better it will be - in the past we've tamed large areas of thistley nettley grass but regular mowing with a rackety old petrol driven rotary mower.  Wear good boots and protective goggles if it's stoney ground and just get at it.  

I wouldn't put any fertiliser on it, but if there are large patches of nettles/thistles etc then I'd hire a knapsack sprayer and just spray those areas with glyphosate.

Maybe you can bribe/reward the children to stone-pick - I understand it was popular with farmers in Norfolk in years gone by - they got the local children to clear their fields ....... apparently they even got time off school to stone-pick ......... I'll get my coat 

Avid gardener with young children

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:16

Chuckle 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Please put out a shallow dish of water!

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Brown patch on lawn

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DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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