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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Square foot gardening

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 07:44

Does MPC work out cheaper volume for volume than topsoil?   You can certainly add some, but you'll need to top it up again next year.  That being said, I usually top up with manure in the autumn or spring (depending on what I'm going to grow) and fork it well in.

Good luck


Square foot gardening

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 20:27

I line the base of mine with water-permeable landscaping fabric - this prevents the soil being washed out of the bottom of the bed.  I line the sides with a layer of heavy duty polythene to guard against any possible contamination of the soil by preservatives in the wood and also to help preserve the wood. 

I fill mine with two-thirds topsoil and one third well rotted farmyard manure.  I have found that using multi-purpose compost is not as successful as it breaks down after a couple of seasons.

soil killing plants?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 20:17

Tiny seedlings are very susceptible to fungal infections etc so need sterilised soil/specialist compost.  That's probably why the ones grown in garden soil perished.

You say that plants in your garden did not do well last year.  Can you give us more information about the garden soil, its situation, the plants and your methods.

aquilegia new disease

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 18:23

I visited Carrie Thomas's garden the summer before last and brought some aquilegias home with me - my fingers are very crossed.

Ideas for a burial plot

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 18:21

 Marben Welcome and thank you for sharing this with us and giving us the opportunity to come up with some ideas for you.  Please don't feel you have let your daughter down - this is not the best time of year for any 'garden' to be looking at its best. 

I love wild spring flowers and would be very happy to be beneath turf that is sprinkled with snowdrops, wild violets, native daffodils and primroses in the spring, and just lawn daisies through the summertime, but I know that is not to everyone's taste.

I'm sure some others will come up with more suggestions

shop bought spring onions

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 18:08

But a spring onion is a spring onion - what do you think it will grow into

Square foot gardening

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:46

I find that two courgette plants more than fill a 4' x 4' raised bed.

Thickening a Sparse Beech Hedge

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:43
NorthernClay wrote (see)
... will adopt an optimistic "wait and see" policy! ....

Exactly the right attitude - at least half-way to being a real gardener


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:16

I told you the weather had been bad here

If you look at the  most intense red and purple bit - we're underneath it

Seed fertility

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:05

Welcome Old Fool   I hope you won't pull rank over some of us ever so slightly younger fools

I've used Franchi occasionally in the past - I recall some very good lettuces

I don't know if it's relevant, but I've always found that the larger tomato varieties take longer to germinate.

And of course carrots and parsley are notoriously temperamental - I sow my parsley direct but always pour a kettle full of hot water into the seed drill before sowing the seeds - it usually works ......... but not always.

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