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Oh where art thou manure!

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 17:34

The issue is that Natbat can't collect lisabj - needs to be delivered 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 17:06

I couldn't cope with that heat Pat  

Funny how we're all so different though! I was looking at the hills on the other side of Glasgow, and even the lower ones are all white. I can get a decent view of the Arrochar hills and Ben Lomond for a minute or two from the road near my house, on a clear enough day. Hoping to get out and get some of the 'white stuff' at the weekend  

Chilly enough and cloudy enough for a little of it here tonight...

Not gardening weather anyway!

The Daily Mail - what's that about? I've always wondered....  

Oh where art thou manure!

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 16:59

Really fantastic- well done on all your hard graft.   I've had to do plenty of changes in many gardens so I know how much effort is needed. 

If you can get someone to bring the manure to you, and you can make a compost bin/container of some kind for it in a corner, you can leave fresh manure in it to rot down. It will reduce pretty quickly and you'll have a nice supply to use. It takes around six months for fresh stuff to be usable - maybe a bit longer over winter, but it depends on your conditions etc.

Mixed with home made compost (if you're doing that too)  it will be superb, continuous resource  for your garden.  

My lawn has turned to mud

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 12:47

The tree will create shade, which isn't great for grass anyway, but you need to look at the condition of the soil as the others have said. It's uniformly bad, so the state of the medium the grass is on is the most likely problem.

If it's soggy, the ground is probably compacted - very common in new builds. Feet trampling the ground and then turf chucked on top. 

Oh where art thou manure!

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 12:43

I agree - half a ton is nothing. I've already laid around a ton on the garden (before Christmas) and it's covered very little - the foot of most of the boundary hedge - about 70 feet in total.  I still have most of the borders in the back to do, and one in the front. I don't have a very big garden either. 

I have a permanent free supply of it, as I work in an equestrian centre. Have you a local stable you could approach?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 12:36

We had a power cut this morning, but fortunately I was out the shower and hair dried 

Missed my cuppa though... how precious we become when that's the biggest issue in life   

When I opened the curtains - just as the lights went out - I saw the wren 

John Hannah doing the voiceover Obelixx. 

It's already a repeat Hosta, but it's channel 5 each night this week, so you get a plus 24 hour thing. You'll get the 2nd one tonight. I expect you'll be able to get the 1st one somehow.

Quite chilly here, but dry. It's got to the dizzy heights of plus 2 after the minus 2 frost this morning. You wouldn't like it Hosta 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 19:24

I didn't realise they were showing it again Dove - or I would have given people the 'heads up'. 

I was in Glen Fruin last year, but it was around this time, so no sight of the hen harriers. Perhaps I'll head up in summer at some point in the hope of getting a glimpse 

Gotta love those dippy dippers 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 19:14


2nd episode of the Loch Lomond prog is on Channel 5 just now - for anyone who's interested. It's the hen harrier and red squirrel one 

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Raised beds - to treat or not to treat wood?

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 18:52

Mine are all lined with heavy duty plastic and finished like obelixx's. They also have an edging round the top, but that's because they're ornamental rather than functional. They're made from heavy duty fencing timber and painted with a proprietary water based paint - again for aesthetics, but if you're using them purely for growing veg it wouldn't be necessary.

They should be open to the ground underneath - only the sides need lining. 

I don't think mine will dry out - we get plenty of rain to keep them moist 

gardening on clay

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 18:46

It's the best medium of all to grow in. As has been said, take a look at what's growing round about in other gardens and that will help.

The aspect is also a factor - no point in growing sun lovers if all you have is shade.

If teh soil hasn't been worked at all, you can add plenty of well rotted manure and compost to help improve the texture. Lots of grit dug in is also beneficial, especially if you're in an area of high rainfall as it will help with drainage. 

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