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Latest posts by Fairygirl

waterlogged sunken bed

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 17:34

Dove's right - clay is great. The secret is adding the right things and having patience...easy to say I know, but it gives the best growing medium when you get it right. 


Posted: 27/01/2014 at 17:23

Hi PP nice to meet you. There's plenty of very knowledgeable people here to inspire and advise you and keep you amused - in equal measure. I might manage the last one 

Verd- I struggle to keep my face straight in car dealerships. Do you think they just don't get  the fact that we're all wise to the bull****? I can understand them trying it on when it's someone young like me..... but it's different with someone 'mature' like yourself whose been round the block a bit....

waterlogged sunken bed

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 15:35

I'd agree with Dove. I moved a shed last summer, as I've opened up the existing garden, and the area it was in has the same problem. It will become part of a new lawn but at the moment resembles the Somme. I avoid walking on it - a strip in front of a new raised bed has a few slabs on it for access to the  rest of the garden, but I'll leave the preparation of that whole area until spring when it will be more suitable. You say you have some manure and compost already, so it may be worth putting that down onto the area where the shed was and wait until it's more suitable to work on. By then, time and nature will have done  half the work for you. 

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 14:35

I've seen one of those Llass and they look much better than the cage ones. I made a cage one  myself with 2 cheap hanging baskets wired together but the starlings could still get in and were eating everything in sight. I've made a temporary cage on the ground using an old wall basket which is against a square planter and it gives the small birds a chance of some food as the big ones can't get in it. The magpies sit on it trying to reach the food and looking really angry, then slide down the curved sides! 

Are slugs still about?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 14:19

Perhaps you could put the pellets under cover - a container with an open side facing away from the worst of the weather, or under evergreen shrubs/hedging. That way, they might last long enough to do the job. I don't use them myself, but with the amount of rain we've had this year I expect you'd be out every couple of hours replacing them!

waterlogged sunken bed

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 14:12

I understand your keenness to get on djjjuk but as you've found out some sand can unfortunately make the problem worse. My  garden is heavy clay and had very few planted areas in it when I moved in last February, so I constructed raised beds - even 6"  or 8" can help. As others have said,  well rotted manure and compost, as well as grit, are the best soil improvers, but it can take a while to get the beds in good order. The rain this winter has made things worse so it would be better if you could leave the digging for a couple of months.  Once you get some plants in it'll help too, and if you add some grit and compost whenever you plant anything it helps the soil enormously over time. 


Posted: 27/01/2014 at 13:56

BL- see round the corner? I can't even see the corner....

They say cold weather coming at the end of the week  Dove. Get your snow shovel ready.

The dry start here this morning didn't last - by the time I was showered and had completed the military operation of organising myself for work, it was chucking it down with all sorts. And not the liquorice kind either sadly. Did inform daughter she might think about dressing appropriately but....

Are you being naughty Kef - re my windows!  I told him why I didn't want a window at the front. Hopeless  

Not in a good mood now as I've just had a quote to repair the damage some kind person did to my car last week - in the school car park at night I think- only place it could have been  Just as well the spicy squash soup tastes good. Need something to cheer me up.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 08:06

I thought you were veggie nut.... did it taste good?  

I'm a good way north from you,  Higgy so we're used to lots of rain, but this winter has been exceptional. I feel so sorry for all the people who've been flooded. Seems no time since they were telling us how Global warming would mean the south of England would be frying in the summers! 

Great diversity from north to south re birds isn't there? And all lovely 


Posted: 27/01/2014 at 07:49

Morning all - especially the sickly ones  Wasn't me that infected you all - that's why I stayed away when I had it 

Woody - 'fess up - you were really out celebrating since Friday weren't you......

Work beckons....sigh. At least it looks slightly drier out there - wouldn't be hard though. What I could see in the darkness anyway. Is it just me or is very very dark in the mornings? I blame Doctor Who.

Have a good day - whatever you're up to 


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 21:34

Night Panda 

I'll sort those two out....these youngsters nowadays....

I'm off soon too. Stayed awake longer tonight than last night! Going to re watch some of The Bridge just now. Finding it all rather confusing- must be my age 

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