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Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 15:29

It depends where the gravel has come from - if it's been dredged from the sea-bed and is unwashed it may contain seasalt which will damage plants. 

However, my understanding of building supplies in the UK is that dredged gravel is usually washed and graded nowadays as concrete made from gravel containing salt will 'rot' and detiorate very quickly.  I've no idea what the regulations are regarding building gravel in Spain.

If  the gravel is from a quarry it should be fine.


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 15:20

When we moved into our last place there was bindweed all over the garden and as high as the bedroom windowsills.  We sprayed with glyiphosate (Roundup) and waited until it was all brown and dead before pulling it up.  We then waited for more shoots and sprayed and waited again.  We did that for the whole summer.  By the autumn the garden was free of bindweed and we were able to lay paving, dig our garden and create the beds.  All we had to do in the folowing years was to keep our eyes open for any bindweed shoots sneaking under the fence from next door and then we'd either paint on some glyphosate or spray it after masking off our precious plants.

It's too late to treat your bindweed this year - wait until it starts to grow next year and then zap it and keep zappig it.  You will win if you are methodical.

Good luck


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:37

Pa didn't like tomatoes or tomato ketchup but he loved tomato soup. 

I like tomatoes whichever way they come but I rarely eat tomato ketchup on food.


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:27

Sweet dreams Pat


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:23

Everything's getting well watered in now - it's raining out there now - I'm feeling very pleased with myself


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:21

Young whippersnappers the lot of you

Just thought I'd let you know that Wonky and her lovely hub had a lie-in and two cuppas in bed this morning   Papa and Step-mum Womble and two  friends turned up yesterday to help bring order to chaos and they're feeling much less stressed now.  Wonky's even had a wander around the garden this morning pulling out chickweed

Pointing between paving slabs - help!

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:14

Hi Tandy and welcome

What are the slabs bedded onto?

Pet Friendly Way to Remove Weeds from Dark Damp Area

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 11:47

It'll take five minutes to pull those up and bin them - then as Hosta says get a nice hoe - one like this


, every time you see tiny little green shoots 'tickle' the soil with the hoe - a couple of minutes work once a week (every week in the spring, summer and autumn) - that'll stop them growing and developing seeds and spreading everywhere


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 11:42

Done it  

Been out there in the front garden, dug up and potted a huge geum that was in the wrong place (might have to give it to Wonky Shhh! )  pulled out annual weeds, hoed the border, done some general tidying, planted a couple of dozen wallflowers and some Allium Schubertii bulbs and watered them all in and potted up the rest of the wallflowers to take to Wonky next time I visit.

Now NDN has started using an electric saw in the garden so I've come indoors.  I don't feel too irritated 'cos he only has his shore-leave to get his firewood ready for winter, and at least he waited until I'd done the urgent stuff. 

I've still got some bulbs to pot up, but I can do them another day.


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 10:22

Hosta, with one of those wonderful breakfasts inside you, I think you should delay gardening until after lunch ...............

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