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Posted: 04/02/2014 at 08:25

Good morning all - stomping done in the daylight - I saw a lovely clump of little dark purple iris underneath a Viburnum Bodnatense - they looked gorgeous 

Can you just stop talking about cake at this time in the morning please - it's a Fast Day here!!! 

Compost question

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 20:02

And if you know anyone who keeps guinea pigs, chicken or goats get some manure to add to the compost - wonderful activator 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 20:01

Heated seats Punkdoc - my son used to laugh at me when I had the smallholding - he said I had the ultimate Yuppie conundrum - how to drive a car with heated seats when wearing a long waxed riding coat 

Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:44

I planted mine last February and they were fine.  They're alongside a fence and when they grew I just restrained them by running a wire along to keep them from whipping about in the winds. 

Lawn moss.... Help!

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:41

Hi Sara and welcome 

You're right in that shade is probably making the moss much worse - we had a similar problem when we moved here as the lawn had been really neglected and apart from shade from the trees, the fallen leaves had been left on them for several winters. 

Raking firmly with a lawn rake like this

to remove as much moss and thatch (dried grass at the soil surface) as you can, and spiking the lawn with a fork to increase drainage, and in the spring treat it with a lawn treatment like Evergreen Complete or similar which will kill the moss and weeds and fertilise the grass.  Then another raking to remove the dead moss when it's died and turned black - it looks alarming but don't worry, the fertiliser will help the grass spread to cover the bare patches.

Regular mowing (not too short) at least once a week will help - don't put the first frew mowings in the compost bin after the lawn treatment as the weedkiller will contaminate your compost - bag it up and bin it or take it to the tip.

And while the raking is hard work, it's cheaper than a gym membership, and while you're far too young to have flabby upper arms, it's never too late to work on preventing them believe me 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:17

Ants, like most of us, like their homes to be dry and undisturbed - if you have ants in your compost bin that indicates that the compost is too dry and not aerated (stirred around) frequently enough. 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:11

Yes please Gg 

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:10

Not sure how this would save space?  Pots all around the perimeter of the veg plot - you might just as well enlarge the veg plot by the width of a pot and plant them in the soil around the veg plot, then they'd have a better chance - I've never found garden soil in a pot works terribly well - it has a tendency to turn to mud when watered and concrete when dry. 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:58

Hosepipe ban anyone? 


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:51

Hi Fidget - yes fortunately they're not too bad - or they weren't last time we spoke about them - because of the amount of rain the effect of the salt water flooding wasn't as bad as it could've been thank goodness.  

Great idea to have a Snowdrop trip up your way 

BL - good luck with the car - I love my Megane cabriolet 

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