Latest posts by Fairygirl

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. 

Pruning new hedge - have I killed it?

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 10:06

Lyn has given the correct advice re new hedging - you cut back the tops to encourage new, bushier growth from the base. 

An ID will help with advice and hopefully your hedge can be saved Rachy. Many hedging plants are very tough so fingers crossed. 


Posted: 21/02/2016 at 10:00

Morning/afties all. Still wet here but not quite so windy, which is an improvement. 

Your arrangement sounds just the ticket Lesley. Have you got a little bell to ring as well when you want something else? I can lend you my mum's! 


it used to sit on her hall table and I always loved it as a child. I must get some Brasso and polish it

DD - it's probably a good thing the activities aren't the other way round..... 

Dove  - I have to agree re the setting of a clock. I rarely sleep through the day unless I'm really unwell, but it's hopeless if you sleep too long. I like to be in bed at a reasonable time and up at a reasonable time.

I feel for you Hosta - it's miserable when you can't sleep. When I was going through a difficult time, I became frightened to go to bed because of the endless hours of being awake. It's a vicious circle so I hope you can get a solution. x

Monty's dream gardens

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 19:40

You're the adult rosemummy - so  your decisions are what counts. Take a big breath, go for it.... and see what happens   


Posted: 20/02/2016 at 19:29

Glad you've survived that Panda 

You've just reminded me of another technique which I found helpful for insomnia. You pick a subject - say plants -  and go through the alpahabet naming one with each letter. Or you could have two or whatever rule you want to apply . So - Anthemis, Buddleia, Caryopteris, Dicentra - you get the idea. I found it really helpful. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:42

Swings and roundabouts Verd 

Except I don't like those blue poppies..... 

I was about to say something similar about the variegated Hebes, Verd - even more mature ones can be less hardy than the non variegated ones. Sheltered spot in well drained soil for them Lou 


Posted: 20/02/2016 at 16:52

Samphire is basically posh seaweed (like skinny asparagus to look at) which you get charged lots of money for in trendy restaurants  

Lawn problems

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 15:31

It does in mine Dove! 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 14:58

It's about 2 degrees here and hailstones and sleet. 

Can I swap you for a couple of days Verd? 

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