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Adding grit to flowerbeds

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:48

I've always gardened on clay Lucid, and I'm a great fan of digging in copious amounts of grit. I just do it as I go along - mixing it in with the soil/compost when I put in a plant. Over time, the soil becomes very workable. Manure is probably the best conditioner for heavy soil though, but if you want to put in plants which like sharp drainage, it's well worth doing    

weedkiller needed for ivy

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:45

That's good news Bill - glad the wall is fine 

ozwig - and of course, it's never wise to plant conifers in the same area.....  

The 24 hour Resolva does exactly what it says on the tin Verd. It's the only one I use. I have a ready mixed one and also the stuff you can dilute yourself. Serves my purposes perfectly. I treated some dandelions which are on the pavement along my boundary  and in the front path the other night at about half seven. No rain was forecast but it rained a good bit through the night. Was expecting next day to see them still alive but, no,  they're all brown  


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:39


perhaps a lawnmower....

Hosta ...keep trying  

What did you do differently the 2nd time? 


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 14:20

 Yikes Pat!  


Garden Waste

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 14:19

Blimey! Ours is included in our council tax and they now collect it (brown wheelie bin) every week right through the year.

They don't fix the potholes though   ...swings and roundabouts  

I'd agree with nut - make a compost bin. Old pallets, old fence planks, scaffold boards or bought timber depending on your budget. Loads of  the plastic types available too. You probably need a couple of those as they're small and more awkward to manage than a traditional 'wooden box' type  


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:47

Night Pat. Hope you sleep well 


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:39

I had to re read that about the peach tart Verd. Ggirl asked what your best plant was in the garden just now and you said 'peach tart'. Thought I'd missed something! 

Looks good though Ggirl 

Smoked kippers and bananas? Are you pregnant Verd?  

Marmite - not for me, but GWRS - why don't you get a jar for yourself to spread it on....well, whatever it is you spread it on?  

Incredible the amount of growth you get Verd. It just highlights the difference between north and south in terms of length of season. 

Sun has broken through at last here. Unfortunately I have to go and get a haircut   Shouldn't take too long though so might get some deadheading done and maybe plant the bulbs I bought.

Plant ID please

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:27

She's pretty good that nut, isn't she?  

I've never even heard of it 

It would need to tolerate a lot of rain here, but it would suit my soil then obelixx - and the cold if it will survive where you are! 

small tree

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:25

Whereabouts are you B3?  Check that whatever you choose is hardy - some Hibiscus aren't, for example - and suits your conditions. Camellias are perfectly happy in clay provided it has plenty of organic matter to keep it open, and to prevent drying out in late summer when forming new buds for the following year. It needs protection from early morning sun to prevent damage to the emerging flowers too.  

Flower Types

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 08:07

I think the third one is Verbena bonariensis - a full pic would help,but Google it and see Steven 

The first and second one are Campanula and  Centaurea (commonly knapweed) as mentioned

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