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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 

Pruning new hedge - have I killed it?

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 10:26

Smaller whips establish quicker Rachy - so it's rarely worthwhile buying bigger specimens unfortunately. However, you are where you are, so have a look and see if there are other buds breaking on the whips lower down. I think all you can do is - wait and see. Ideally you want them all at the same height to start off with, but I think I'd leave any more chopping for now! 

A bit of warmth in another month or so, and they should start into growth which you will see. If nothing happens, then you may lose some of them. I'll keep my fingers crossed - beech is pretty tough 

Expand and grow dehydrated compost and clay soil

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 10:20

No short cuts with clay soil I'm afraid. You can get bags of manure from GCs etc Tingly. Is there anyone that could you give you a hand to get some and spread it - a neighbour or a friend with a strong teenager or two? 

Getting a load direct from a stable or farm to lay on soil over winter is great and will improve an area of clay very quickly.  Fresh stuff has to be left for a while unless it's going on a bare area, but you can pile it in a corner to rot down over winter and then use it on beds which have plants in them. A few bags of grit dug in as well will work wonders.

Plastic boards

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 10:10

I wouldn't have thought they were very robust for a raised bed - unless you're only making it one plank in height and a short length. They're pretty flimsy. 

Fencing timber is far better - or the scaffold boards as mentioned. 

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