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Epsom Salts

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 12:30

Sue, don't know if this would be a possibility? 

Rotavator to tame paddock? Will it work?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 12:26

Just an idea, but would the children be interested in creating a miniature version of the Desert Wash as in the gardens at East Ruston  on page 18 of the brochure - something quite dramatic!

Top soil

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:58

Snap Bob! 

Top soil

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:58

Good morning Barbara and welcome - you may be a 'basic gardener' but you've obviously got the Under Gardener well trained  

Filling the raised beds with topsoil is good - forking in some well rotted farmyard manure (obtainable in bags from garden centres) will be even better - I'd put a layer of 3 to 4 inches of the aforesaid manure on the beds and fork it in - that and a sprinkling of Fish, Blood and Bone (also available from garden centres) and most plants will be very happy indeed. 


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:26

Welcome back Matty - all sorted now 

Rotavator to tame paddock? Will it work?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:24

Just keep pulling out the stones and mowing - not very short, but often enough for it to be possible to push the mower - the more you mow the better it will be - in the past we've tamed large areas of thistley nettley grass but regular mowing with a rackety old petrol driven rotary mower.  Wear good boots and protective goggles if it's stoney ground and just get at it.  

I wouldn't put any fertiliser on it, but if there are large patches of nettles/thistles etc then I'd hire a knapsack sprayer and just spray those areas with glyphosate.

Maybe you can bribe/reward the children to stone-pick - I understand it was popular with farmers in Norfolk in years gone by - they got the local children to clear their fields ....... apparently they even got time off school to stone-pick ......... I'll get my coat 

Avid gardener with young children

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:16


Avid gardener with young children

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:53

I remember my son coming in very proud of himself - he'd pulled up all those 'dead plants' and put them on his dad's bonfire - well, that was the end of the blackcurrant bushes then 

When he was older and responsible for mowing the lawn for his pocket money he mowed the asparagus bed 

Gardening's never been his forté, but he does like to try 



Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:49

My daughter has climbing rose Mermaid on her back garden wall - she fixes fat blocks with mealworms in them to the rose stems and the robins access them like that - they're getting really tame. 


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:34

Now another problem to deal with   I was just going out into the garden when I heard the post drop on the doormat - now I have a surfeit of gardening riches - the RHS magazine and ....... Christopher Lloyd's The Well Chosen Garden (second hand I treated myself but didn't think it'd come until next week) ........ now what am I going to do first????????????

Another coffee anyone??? 

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