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Daniel.Please can you help?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:23

ONLY TWO  DAYS!!!  You're a girl after my own heart - retiring mid-week   Wow, just think how brilliant you'll feel on Thursday morning - I still haven't done half the tidying jobs I'd planned to do before Christmas 

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:20

It's on my 'must have' list - but the list is very large and the garden is not, although I keep planning more beds 

Advice would be greatfully appreciated

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:16

Have a look and see if water is accumulating anywhere - if it is don't plant your Mediterranean herbs, rosemary, thyme, oregano etc, in that spot.  They all need good drainage so make a Mediterranean area and dig in lots of grit and they should be fine.  

I had to move my rosemary last winter as our newly paved terrace spilled water onto that area - the rosemary and bay are now in terracotta pots on the terrace behind the herb bed. Now I've noticed that the thyme and oregano are also getting the run off from the terrace - I'm going to lift them and put them in a stone trough (with lots of grit and a loam-based compost) - they'll be happier there.  

Strange Soil sucked out in lawn

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:38

Improving the drainage can be done quite simply - spike the lawn over with a fork or aerator - info here 

As for lawn feed, in April you can use something like this  

which will kill moss and weeds while feeding the grass.  Follow the instructions carefully 

After that, regular mowing, at least once a week in the summer, but not too short, will really improve the lawn.

Good luck. 

Advice would be greatfully appreciated

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:20

Rosemary  does not like having cold wet feet; it needs really well-drained soil.  I would try to plant it at the top of a slope, no matter how slight, and dig out a large hole and incorporate a good quantity of coarse grit into the soil below and around the roots. 


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:15

Lovely Fidget 


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:12

MrsG, it's gorgeous - but according to this it might be a bit tender where you are 


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 16:52

I'd leave it until after things have flowered to be honest, and then if the birds have nested in there I'd leave those bits alone as well until the autumn 


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 15:47

Oooh, that is a bit of a tangle KEF, but the blackbird looks as if he may have plans for it 

What tree/shrub/s is it/are they?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 15:39

Lizzie, I've got those violas

 This is the part of the veg patch I dug and raked over today

 That's why my back is sore - but it was so worth it

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ID please

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Yes, that soon!!! 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

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