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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...

Native Pond Plants

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 07:55

Clari big pots will be fine for the mint. It's easy enough to pull out if it gets thuggish anyway. I know what you mean about moving things - a pond's no different to a border in that respect! 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 07:51

Dove- what makes me laugh when people say they don't like opera/classical music is, when they use various pieces for adverts etc, they'll go around singing or whistling it! 

Anyway you , me and art still have to mud wrestle or something for Mr Domingo. I'm already in training...


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 07:45

Morning all. Cold and wet again.

Bill - whatever makes you feel comfortable will be fine with us all here, I'm sure. If it helps to have some virtual hands to hold then we can do that for you. Woody's right. He'll always be with you, by your side. 


Hedge ?

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 07:34

My thoughts too Dove. Just stick another one in Nadger! 

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