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Posted: 21/02/2016 at 13:07

Very envious Wonks, although I do have some of my little reticulata Irises starting to sprout  

Glad you're getting some relief from the noise now. Is your dressing goonie  waterproof?  

Expand and grow dehydrated compost and clay soil

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 13:00

I completely understand Tingly - I'm on my own and do all the grafting myself, except when I can persuade one of my daughters to help! I know how hard it is to work with heavy soil.

What size of area do you have that needs some help? If it's not too big, I'd suggest just tackling a bit at a time. Ideally, get some manure delivered as a one off,  tuck it in a corner (leave it for several months if it's fresh)  and just take a bucket each time you go out to do a bit of gardening. Apply it to the surface and over time, you'll make that area easier to work. When you plant anything, add plenty of compost and grit to the hole. That will also have a huge benefit over time. 

If it's a big area - it might be worth waiting till you have the funds and getting someone to shove a load of stuff in for you - manure and grit. 


Posted: 21/02/2016 at 12:10

Saw your fairy Yvie - she's really lovely  

Not sure what to do with this space.

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 12:08
chicky wrote (see)

I think a fairy would look great there too .....and you can keep the grandchildren amused with stories about how she ended up there


we get into all sorts of places......but it's a secret....

She really is gorgeous Yvie.   Love Lesley's idea for her name too  

Pruning new hedge - have I killed it?

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 12:02

Keep us posted about any progress and if you can take a photo to put on here, it will always help for any more advice. Click on the little tree icon on the toolbar. It also helps to show the whole area and extent of any problems - it can often be hard to visualise things.

If the hedge doesn't grow, come back and you'll get plenty more advice of what to do try next  

best way to level garden and aid drainage on clay soil

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 11:57

"Easy to dig" 

You're welcome to come up here and give it a go aym. It's only easy to dig once it's been improved. I could have regularly thrown pots with the stuff I've dug out in all the gardens I've had  

Dave's advice and comments are spot on, newgardener88, and I think Chloe is probably right too. If you don't  have limitless funds, you might just have to live with it, at least for the time being. Raised areas are the other alternative, and that can be costly as well, but if you can do it yourself, it's probably the only other solution.  New builds are notorious for having badly drained gardens - especially if yours is the one 'at the end' and the ground's been consolidated by months of machinery and workmen trampling it. 

Reclaimed chimney pot

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 11:23

I'd have a go with a wire brush. Soak it well first. I think that might do the trick although it could take a bit of hard work!

invasive plant in my new garden

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 11:22

I don't remember any of it having a smell either nut. 

I'm just allergic to it - it gets yanked out as soon as I see it. It's my Nemesis 

It spreads by seed as well as underground Janet. Get stuck in and don't let it seed whatever you do! It does pull out relatively easily - the seeded stuff especially. 

Pruning new hedge - have I killed it?

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 11:18

Cross your fingers Rachy and pray as well if that's your inclination - you never know! 

Not much you can do at the moment. The weather will start to  improve soon - depending on where you are in the country - and you'll see a bit of growth if they're going to come away. If not - it's all a learning curve! We all do these things at some point. 

Even the experts have made similar mistakes. I remember  Alan Titchmarsh saying that, when he was an apprentice, he took every bud off thousands of chrysanthemums because he misunderstood the instruction!  


Posted: 21/02/2016 at 10:36

I could do you some porridge flumpy - with a banana and some cherries 

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