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Things you do that annoy yourself...

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:05

I annoy myself constantly NGCARDS - don't even have to go out in the garden to do it either ..

I spend ages deciding where a plant will go. Eventually plant it, and two weeks (or less) later, decide it's all wrong and start again 

Wild bird feeding

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:02

At my last -(semi rural) house philippa, we only had one neighbour, right across the road. Every b****y day he chucked the end of his loaf out on his long drive, attracting every crow, seagull (nowhere near the sea of course) and magpie for miles around. The greedy buggers then hopped across to our garden to nick the bird food... 


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:57

I'm only 27 RB, so I'm like Usain Bolt....

new grass badly prepared

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:56

Hi kat - I can sympathise enormously. Is the 'slimy' area constantly wet? I can only guess, but it sounds like that  part hasn't been improved well enough and is acting like a 'sump' for all the water. You may have to dig that part out to a good depth and replace with decent soil/compost and grit to aid drainage. The stones coming to the surface may have come from the soil that's been put in to replace your sticky clay. If they're small it won't really cause a problem. Trying to get a good lawn from the type of area you describe will always be difficult - the water table in your area could be the issue.

In general, for lawns which have poor drainage, and therefore poor quality grass, you need to spike regularly and brush grit or sand down the holes. In the worst cases, you can use a tool with hollow tines which remove a long plug of soil and that's replaced by coarse grit.

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:29

That's what I get for messing about with pix after I posted BL 

Think it was these ones:


Bring out your planters!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:26

A basic mortar mix works - sand and cement, but you're right Verd - it's the prep of the container that's the worst bit 

Making from scratch is probably easier 


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:24

Many a slip RB .....

I've got grass seed on the brain!

Really Need Help - First proper Garden Design

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:04

I use a bog standard weed and feed for my grass - usually Scott's or whatever is available. Most of them seem pretty decent. Applying at the right time and dosage is important though.

Borrowed view is the expression for what you could do with the end of the garden Devine. It's exactly what it says on the tin 

An alternative trick is to grow a high hedge and cut windows in it to see the view beyond, but that really works best in large gardens. A few carefully placed large shrubs will give a good effect.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 18:59

New idea for structuring planting beds

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 18:58

Hmmm....if it quacks etc....

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