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Posted: Today at 09:26

I totally sympathise Bookertoo, and you're right, they can squeeze through tiny gaps. For me it's starlings and the dreaded felines that I'm waging war on. Usually squirrels don't dig too deep so tulips and other bigger bulbs should be ok. In previous gardens I've used  fine plastic mesh (the kind for protecting fruit crops) on pots or areas where I have lots of crocus and they seem to be ok. The squirrels left those and looked for easier pickings. I've not fed peanuts here at all to try and lessen the attraction too.

leaf mold

Posted: Today at 09:12

Most heathers like good drainage Cangran, so I'd mix some grit and compost with it first 


Posted: Today at 09:03

Morning all. Have been a bit absent but I see there have been good and bad things happening so I'll get a cuppa and catch up with your trials and tribulations as well as cheering news.

Off work now so I really should think about Christmas shopping...

clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:41

Loads of manure, compost and grit mixed in will make clay the best medium you can have. 

large beds

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:40

Lyn - could be a treecreeper, although they're browner in the back rather than cream. I used to have one visiting regularly when I lived round the corner from my present house. He used to run up and down the sycamore at the front gate. 


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:55

Wrap up warm and look after yourself doc. Come to think of it, I'm not ill and that's what I'm doing 

I'm quite tired doing that moonlighting on tv with my friend Dove. Don't mention it to the taxman....

Most of the housework's been done yesterday so only odds and sods to do which won't take long.  I should really do Christmas cards or something but can't get myself motivated to do any festive things. Too soon for me I'm afraid 

Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:51

Any 'lawn' or area of grass will need attention regularly to keep weeds at bay. They'll come in from surrounding gardens or fields depending on your location. When I moved here 18 months ago, the grass was in poor shape - very compacted, mostly dandelions, buttercups etc. Like a previous poster - it's mainly north facing.  All I've done is a feed only followed by a weed and feed in both springs, scarified occasionally and cut it regularly. It now looks pretty good. The area to the side of the house has had no treatment and is still largely clover, dandelions and buttercups. 

aerating shoes

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:43

KEF -  I have a great picture of you in my head now 

I'd agree with the others too Pauline - think the spikes wouldn't be long enough to do any real good and any longer may be quite dangerous. I'm considering getting one of those ones you push into the ground to remove cores of soil but that would probably be out of the question for you with your back. Perhaps a bit at a time is the answer with it though.

winter pansies and violas

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:20

I'd agree with Dorset and arneil about violas being sturdier than pansies. I only ever buy violas for a display - the wind and rain just ruins pansies unless they're in a very sheltered spot. Slugs  still like them though 

I wouldn't feed either but as BL says - in containers a slow release food when planted is the best option. 


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:14

Maybe we're twins Panda!  

Re the calories on Christmas Day - what about all the other days though?...

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