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Posted: 28/02/2014 at 07:58

Morning all. Frosty here but it's only been around 3 degrees most mornings here anyway so it doesn't feel colder- much nicer though. Clean and fresh instead of miserable and wet. Sorry you're getting it Verd- didn't mean to send it to you...

Aren't they beautiful chicky? When I was a child, we had an owl who often used to sit on the swing in the back garden. 

Lovely comments to Bill last night. It's a situation none of us with children would ever want to go through, but we never know what's round the corner. I hope he continues to share his feelings with us here. Continued support is vital  - wherever it comes from. My sister and BIL needed it many years ago.

No work for me today but other things to do. At least I'll get washing out. Simple things.

Stay safe if you have stormy weather everyone.


Plant ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 07:49

My first thought was Lamb'sLugs/Ears too, just looks a little too fuzzy for Knapweed/Centaurea but I can see the similarity to that as well. 

Waterlogged veg patch

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:11

If it's not too big an area, could you cover with polythene, leaving spaces for airflow like a polytunnel type of effect? It would warm the soil up and prevent further wetting. 

conflicting answers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:06

Lisa- it breaks my heart to hear of the issues you have with neighbours. Like Duncan's thoughtless, inconsiderate and ignorant ones, it becomes so difficult to deal with because if you stand up to them it can end in retaliation. There's no support for decent people who are just trying to live their lives in peace and quiet. I'm fortunate that the ones I have issues with aren't immediate neighbours, but it makes me feel quite insecure at times.

Duncan - it's great to recycle isn't it? That wire will make a lovely support for all your lovely plants...


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:53

They're very common in hedgerows and on grass verges too, so if you're near one they could have come in from there.

I don't use a lot of chemicals but if I need a weedkiller I always use Resolva. I don't rate Roundup although it's very popular.  You can buy it in a ready to use spray - which is fine if you don't need to use a lot, but I use the one which you dilute down, which is more economical. I buy it in my  local Asda as it's often much cheaper there.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:04

Unfortunately Mutley - if you have them  - so do other people! They'll seed in from lots of places. If you can pick a dry, still day ( yes I know - fat chance at the moment!) that's the best time to apply weedkiller so that it's less likely to land on things you don't want to kill. Once there are beneficial insects about, evenings are a better time for using it too. Due to the milder winter lots of things are sprouting early and getting a foothold. You'll probably have to do it more than once and then just be vigilant. 

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:51

 You said you lifted paving to do the lawn, so I'd guess the ground underneath may not have been great unless you forked in some new soil and compost. It would also have been compacted. You can help that by aerating , as you've said, and if you sweep some fine grit or coarse sand into the holes as well, that will keep the structure more open and help prevent it getting compacted in future. If it's a bit shady, it might be better using a seed mix specifically for those conditions, and you could add some compost or topsoil first and rake it level before sowing. A spring feed will help, and it might be worth trying that first, as it may just be that the grass needs a little boost. Most lawns look a bit tired and jaded at this time of year. A bit like gardeners! 

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:39

That looks like great stuff Edd 

Perhaps you could do it chronologically? Show how you start off - the bin you use and what you've put in it, and then go on to the next stage when  it starts to break down , and so on. I think lots of people might be interested in a wormery, especially if they have a small garden and don't have room for conventional compost bins but still want to recycle waste. The more pix you can put on, the better it will be.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:30

Had a hard day at work and came in and read Bill's letter.

If mine turn out to be half as thoughtful and kind, Bill, I'll feel I've done a decent job. That letter will be a great comfort to you all as time goes on. x

Music in the Garden

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 08:07

Yeh - but I have a wand Dove...

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