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Small garden where only weeds grow

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 16:45

No worries Lisa - we all had to start somewhere!

The problem is - if you don't maintain grass, eventually weeds take over, so that's probably what's happened. I'd garee with the others that there's probably a fair old bit of shade with the trees/shrubs down the far end, and that conifer. I'd be inclined to get that out too - it'll give you more scope, whether it's for a seating area near the house, or planting.

If grass is going to be difficult, and bearing in mind the little 'un, artificial grass might be the best option. Paving gets slippy in shade, and gravel isn't ideal for playing on.

Alternatively, you could do a barked area for him - slide/swing etc, and have gravel/paving near the house for sitting/dining. That would be fairly inexpensive, and you could do most of that yourself fairly easily.  A small area of paving would also be good for toys  like building blocks, cars and so on. Sand pits always go down well too, and you could incorporate something like that nearby.  That can be converted to a planting area when he's older.  

Levelling lumpy bumpy turf

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 15:56

I'd agree with Dave. It does look quite a big job to tackle on your own, because there's quite a lot to clear away. Unless you have access to a van, that's a few trips to a local tip, or a small skip's worth, just to get rid of the old fence etc.  It largely depends what you want to put in place - a lawn area, borders and beds, a storage area or compost bin,  and so on.

Can you give us a better idea of the space? Is that a path in the top right hand side, and is that in the middle of your garden, or is it a footpath for the public? If that's the case, do you want a fence or barrier of some kind? 

Any further info will help with ideas  

Small garden where only weeds grow

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 15:47

Yes - definitely a few pix will help us with suggestions Lisa 

With a small child, having somewhere for him to run about is probably the most important thing, but as Philippa says, if the ground is generally wet and muddy, it may be tricky to successfully have grass. Shade and heavy, badly drained soil are often the main reasons for grass failing to thrive. It can often be sorted, but more info will help. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 15:33

I usually swear at prunes Dacha.....

Oh that's not good about your MIL  

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Posted: 03/11/2017 at 15:30

Lovely pix Joyce. I always smile when I see cormorants sitting somewhere in the middle of a stretch of water. They're one of those birds that get little admiration, but I think they're stunning  

Didn't get many pix last weekend, although I could have taken plenty of cars, ambulances and the sky gradually darkening...

The view back down Loch Leven is always terrific 

and Sgurr Eilde Mor is grand when it comes fully into view as you arrive at it's main lochan

A hundred feet or so further along the lower slopes of Sgurr Eilde Beag, and the two Binneins (my last outing in early October) appear.

Binnein Mor 

and Binnein Beag

They look best when viewed from Sgurr Eilde Mor though (pic taken just over  a year ago)

Fingers crossed for this weekend.....

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 14:32

Lyn - my mother was a great fan of Syrup of Figs too  

I wonder if that's why the very thought of figs turns my stomach! Agree about the fish oil capsules too  

Glad you had a lovely break LP, and some plants to go with it . Perthshire is very bonny at almost any time of year. So different from the west side of the country, but I won't hold that against them....

I'd agree about the Vit D thing - I suppose I was meaning those vitamin pills etc, rather than 'useful' stuff. I met a couple on a hill in Glen Fyne a couple of years back, and he swore by Glucosamine, and said much the same as Ppauper. I even tried it for a while but I don't think it was ever going to be much use to me for my knee issues.

Think you're right Hosta - first reasonably warm day in Scotland, and men are stripping off. Sadly - it's usually the desperately unattractive ones with large guts, gold chains and tattoos.  - or should that be another 

Obs - I struggle to do much reading nowadays. I always used to read in bed, but since wearing glasses, it's become impossible. I should make more of an effort though. I spend a lot of time reading fro my hill outings, so it doesn't leave a lot of time for book reading. 

Pauline - sorry to hear you're going through that. Is the 'pudding diet' purely for physical needs, or is it psychological as well? 

Levelling lumpy bumpy turf

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 18:34

Ah - I was under the impression you wanted a lawn because of the thread title. 

If you're putting plants in, you'll need to remove the turf and dig over the ground thoroughly to remove any persistent weeds, and add some compost or well rotted manure when  planting to improve the soil. It will depend what you intend to plant too - some plants may need better drainage for instance. 

They don't need level ground as such, but it makes life very difficult if there isn't a reasonably level space to plant into, or did you mean there's a slope where you want to make a bed or border?

A photo of the area would help if you can manage it. There's a camera icon top right corner of the window for posting. Click on that and follow instructions. If photos are too big they don't load very quickly, so you might need to resize them a bit smaller 

Saw this hoping someone can identify !

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 18:19

It's in Silver Surfer's link Sunshine 

Personal taste, as nut says, although I like many variegated plants.

Some just don't look 'healthy' and the Fatsia falls into that category for me, as it does for Hostafan and nut.  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 18:06

Evening all. The song 'Sailing' was written by the Scottish folk duo - the Sutherland Brothers, Glenys, in the early seventies.  Rod Stewart recorded it around the mid seventies, when he moved to America, and it was simply used by that programme  

The Sutherland Brothers (and Quiver) were a great band - especially live. Was lucky enough to see them when I was younger.

Flipping chilly again here, down to about five when I came home, although not to be freezing overnight, so no car scraping tomorrow morning. There was a beautiful, low winter moon in the sky when I left work - pity I didn't have the camera. It was stunning  

LP  - I had to look that up. Bit further east than the Callendar hills. Lovely pic. Did you go through a little place called Guildtown en route? I always think it looks lovely. Might be heading that way next weekend as I want to go to Glen Clova around Remembrance Day. 

Dove - what a pain. Literally. My sister takes Thyroxin as she has a dodgy thyroid, but I don't know if she has trouble with her joints because of it. She is a bit arthritic though. 

Cod Liver Oil, Iamweedy....  Think we were given it as children. Double  

I don't take any supplements - I'm not a great believer in them, but many people seem to feel they help. 

Saw this hoping someone can identify !

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 17:53

I love them (although also hate the variegated form) and they provide very good structure in gardens over winter.

Mine is  fairly near my pond, so it's good for wildlife to gain cover quickly. 

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