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Cordyline yellowing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 07:59

They shed lower leaves as part of their growth habit, Rebecca. I expect that's the reason. They gradually get a longer trunk with the foliage at the top.  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 07:57

Morning all/afties Pat. Hope the carrots are ok!

You wouldn't get much gardening done  here either Wonks - ground's nicely frozen now after being waterlogged from the neverending rian all weekend. Car will need some serious defrosting - it'll have that crazed patterning if the other cars I can see are anything to go by  

Supposed to get some snow showers later, but we migth miss them. Think LP might get some, and Lesley too.

Oscars - main headline on the BBC news? Really? I mean.. really? Has the world gone mad...oh yes, I forgot...it has  

I hope you get extra for that Clari. I wouldn't have thought that was your job to clear up anyway. A teacher I used to know,  wasn't allowed to do anything in her school when that happened. Kids had to stand/sit in it until the relevant parent could be contacted. Ridiculous though. I realise it's different when it's at night, but even so....

Should we slope garden to aid drainage?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 19:57

I'd mix the pea shingle in with all the soil mixture,although I'd use grit in preference as it's finer. It'll be a little while before you can sow seed or lay turf, so be prepared for it to be a bit soggy for a while, unless you suddenly get some seriously dry and warm weather. As you're in the south, that might be the case, but you have a bit of prep first. Let the soil settle for a bit, then rake it and firm it andlightly rake again before it's ready for turf/seed. If you get dips and holes, or lumps and bumps,  you can then amend it by raking and firming again.

Don't rush into it, as it makes a big difference to the finished product if you prepare well initially  

Re the privacy of the garden - good choices in your planting will help with that. A five foot fence will be fine with some shrubs and/or climbers for screening. 

blue perennial sweet peas?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 19:10

Rosy, pinky shades and white only, I think. They're not scented either as far as I know.

I've had the white one in the past and it certainly wasn't.

Sweetpeas vanished

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:14

Birds will also take them - have you got doors open that any can get in?

Arrival of frogspawn

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:11

I've never seen it this early here HH, so not sure which part of Scotland it's in.

I know it's been a quiet winter, but I'm not sure it will make too much of a difference  

Raised beds

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:06

I don't understand the query either. Lining raised beds doesn't alter the level of the soil or prevent weeds.

Do you mean using a weed barrier on top of the soil, Potwoman?

Should we slope garden to aid drainage?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:03

A slope doesn't actually help with drainage - only when it's a hard surface - and I wouldn't choose to have it sloping towards a house either.

Making the soil itself more free draining is the solution. Incorporate plenty of compost, manure and grit if the soil's heavy.   

Sweetpeas vanished

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:00

Mice would be my guess- despite what you might think!

It's very early for sowing them anyway, so I'd sow more. There's no need to bubblewrap if they're going in a greenhouse.

New Gardening TV Show

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 17:50

Not sure what you're actually asking there Angela, or even if you're asking anything at all. This is an old and dodgy, attempt at free advertising.

If you have a query about, or need help with, starting a garden, it would be better to start a new thread. You'll get more responses that way. There isn't enough info in your post for anyone to reply to  

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