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Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:20

Good to hear that your Mum's feeling better Verdun, and good for you for making sure she'll get to something that's so important to her.  

Leaning tree in our garden...

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:13

I think I'd have that felled.  Even if you straightened it up you'd need steel cables, a winch and really strong pegs fixed into the ground - it's a professional job.  If you attempt a DIY job and it blows down in the next gale you could be responsible for any damage or injury.

Get a tree surgeon in to fell the tree and grind out the stump, replenish the soil and plant a tree or shrub more appropriate to that spot. 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 14:41


Where to plant climber

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 14:41

I'd rub that wooden seat down and paint it  a cream colour, and then buy/make something like this

 to place around it, paint it a darker colour (Cuprinol Seagrass is my current fave but others are available) , and plant clematis, honeysuckle, jasmine in the tubs.  You won't see the different coloured bricks and you'll have the prettiest arbour to sit in and enjoy your new garden 


Plant detective needed!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 14:32

Mine too 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 14:32

Mine's doing that - think there's some sort of insect in there making webs - I'm ignoring it and hoping that the insects will hatch out and then I'll see what they are, and also that with the warmer weather the rosemary will have a growth spurt. 

Weedkiller to use before new lawn?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:11

Well, yes - and some work to get it firmed up and ready - there's lots of videos online showing you how to do it - but you'd have to keep off it for a good long while until it was sufficiently resilient. 


More info here 

Leeks,Carrots & Cabbage

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:07

Mikey - I'm worried about those cabbage seedlings  , they're far too long and thin because they're getting insufficient light and the temperature is too warm.  They should be short and stocky like this


as Steve says, get them outside as soon as possible, and until then turn them around every day - you can increase the even-ness of the light they're getting by putting a sheet of white card behind them - this will reflect light back on them, as a photographer does with white parasols and big white sheets of card.

Don't want to be a pessimist, but to be honest I'd sow another lot, much more thinly and give them much better light.  Sorry. 

Million Bells from last year

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 13:00

I would repot in fresh compost and cut them hard back - they don't usually survive our winters but they are perennials so if you cut them back they'll grow nice and bushy and flower again. 

You could try making cuttings from the bits you prune off.

Weedkiller to use before new lawn?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 12:32

For a play lawn I would patch, fill the holes, re seed the patches etc.  We had three large skips standing on our front lawn for an entire summer - you cannot imagine how it looked when they were removed, large ant hills, tall weeds all around the bases of the skips and three bare patches each about 8' x 6' - we took out the weeds by digging around the roots with a sharp kitchen knife, mowed and mowed and mowed, raked the bare patches, levelled with some topsoil and scattered some lawn seed and waited.  We now have a perfectly respectable front lawn.  (A few dandelions again, but I'll get to grips with them soon.)  April or September are the perfect time to do this. 

We had thought about getting it re-turfed - that would've cost hundreds of pounds - what I did cost about £25.

But first you need to get out there, raise the bar on the mower and mow it - now - don't want to nag, but the main problem with your lawn is that it's not ever been mowed regularly - those weeds wouldn't be as big as they are if you'd mowed it regularly last year ................. I'll get my coat 

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