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green manure

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 11:36

I'm digging over an area which will become a lawn - I hope! It will be bare all winter so I thought of sowing a green manure. The ground is mainly heavy compacted clay/gravel which has been uncultivated in any way and although I will be adding compost etc as well,  I thought it would benefit from it. I can get loads of manure to lay on top but it would save me a lot of physical effort - I'm worn out! 

It would also save me from having to net or cover it to prevent the area becoming a sea of weeds and a giant cat litter tray 

Has anyone used them successfully?

This forum

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 11:03

Brilliant stories 

They remind me of the story I once heard about a woman who got a phone call from a company selling conservatories. She allowed them to rabbit on, answering all the questions and showing polite interest until the man eventually asked for her address so that someone could visit to measure up etc. The one question he hadn't thought to ask...and where did she live?

In a third floor flat.... 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 10:45

Christmas stuff has been in shops here since the beginning of September... No No No - it's all WRONG....aaaaaghhh!!!!!!!!! 

Sorry MrsG 

Seriously - I think it spoils it. Retailers seem to want to push us ever faster through the year. Time goes by too quickly as it is for me - it must be an 'age' thing! 

Moving thick heavy clay to another part of garden?

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 10:36

I could have a great bonfire if I tried that pansyface!

I'd agree with nut - if they're tree ferns I wouldn't want to pile a load of solid clay round them, although as far as I know it's the top of the trunk which is the 'live' bit and the main trunk is sort of static, so perhaps someone who knows more about them can advise on that. 

Mel - normally you'd make a separate bin for letting leaves rot down - a cage of wire mesh is the usual way, and you would mix your compost in with the clay to help open it up and make it a better medium for use, but 3 cubic metres is a lot of clay - probably too much for the amount of compost you have. You could mix the compost and clay half and half,  let it break down a bit over winter as nut says, then you can use it in the garden for beds and borders. Alternatively, get rid of the clay altogether somehow and just use the compost as a mulch on existing areas.


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 10:00


tea and toast will do the trick!

Hope chicky's outing goes well too. I forgot about that one as well...

Note to self : must try harder 

What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:55

I use mine in the same way as many others - on top of existing beds usually. At the moment I'm digging over an area of gravel and compacted clay which will become grass so I've added all the compost from pots which had sweet peas and tomatoes in there. 

Fungus in the grass

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:51

I used to have that in a bit of my front grass in a previous garden. 

I just left it and it went away over time as the seasons changed and the grass gradually improved.

It would take me longer to read all that than it did to cut the grass 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:47

Morning all. Forgot to wish the TWIGS a good day 

Have a good day 

lily are you sure you still live in Britain - or have you moved to the Amazon rain forest?  Not looking too bad here although we've had quite a bit of rain overnight and there was fog last night and a little bit hanging about earlier this morning.

Glad Spike is doing ok Verd. I have no cunning plan yet KEF - I'm all behind 'like the coo's tail' as my Mum used to say. Daughter was late last night so I had to stay awake well past my bedtime and it's having a knock on effect 

Tea and toast needed here while I have a look round. Enjoy your day everyone.

Flowering currant hedge

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:59

Yes Steve 

good joke  though ...

Could it be particularly limey bit of ground? Not sure if that affects the flowering currants - are they lime haters? They grow like weeds up here and it's largely neutral to acid soil.

Just a thought 

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:16

It's a good time to plant shrubs - although you can plant any time unless the ground's frozen hard or waterlogged. Some very good suggestions by others there. Ozmanthus is another useful evergreen - there are variegated ones which look a bit like Holly. I have burkwoodii - foliage is a bit dull but it has lovely little scented white flowers in spring.

I love Pittosporums - there are some lovely varieties -  but I've always shied away from them because they're not always hardy and it can be very cold and wet here for such long periods. Definitely worth looking at if you have a decent climate and well drained soil for them. 

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