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Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:22

Hello folks back from sunny Southwold!   The place was packed so following our meeting with vicar and visit to Ma we didn't even try to get a table for lunch but headed inland a bit and had a very fine lunch here .  The countryside was beautiful, hedgerows full of wild cherry blossom and primroses, and the first oilseed rape flowers just beginning to open.  

I see that most of you have been out in your gardens   Daughter tells me we have a fortnight of sunshine and high temperatures coming soon - yippee!!!   She's been to Homebase - not only has she the birthday present of new spade, fork, hand tools and secateurs that we gave her, but her lovely hubby has bought her a new lawn mower and she's spent some more birthday money on a Braeburn appletree, a bush rose and a rhododendron.  Their neighbours have several apple trees so she's hopeful that one of them will be in the right pollination group, but to be on the safe side she'd like a Golden Hornet crab apple as we had one in the garden when she was a little girl - I'll have to keep my eyes open for one next autumn

Help on what this is!

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 08:09

Hi Cate, 'fraid I can't make that link work

To upload a photo on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where yout type your post, and follow the instructions


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 07:54

Have a lovely day Clari

Lawn Aeration without topdressing on clay

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 07:45

Agree Gemma - our mower has three settings - we never cut lower than the middle one.

How easy/hard

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 07:25

I would select your handyman, show him what you want to achieve and ask him how he suggests it can be fixed to make sure it's sturdy, then get him to give you a list of the materials he'll require then you can order what's needed. 

If he doesn't sound competent and isn't willing to give a bit of time to planning the work then he's not the chap for the job.


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 07:14

Oooh, I missed this - can I do it later?   visiting Ma this morning ...

Lawn Aeration without topdressing on clay

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 07:10

I would aerate it, then when the temperatures are right (soil temp 7- 10C) give the area a good raking and scatter the seed (give it a watering if there's no rain, but there will be) - then keep the little feet and paws off until after it's had a couple of cuts if at all possible.  Bribery will be imperative!

A pump action water pistol is good for discouraging squirrels!

Good luck

Eat my hedge

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 07:01

Prunus myrobalan is a great hedge plant - it's grown a lot around here - but if you keep it trimmed you won't get a lot of fruit.

Ground Elder

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 06:58

You're right Tetley, repeated cutting down does keep it under control, and that way you can eat it too

Planting out courgette

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 06:55

Still too chilly here in Norfolk!  Brrrrrrrrr!!!  Hedgehogs aren't awake yet.

Pot them on and give them plenty of light - you could put them outside in a sheltered spot on fine days, but bring them in before the sun goes down.

Don't let their feet get too wet

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