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Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 17:15

Marc - Dove has a resident hedgehog in her garden - she's a regular contributor to the forum but is on holiday just now. She'll be able to give you plenty of advice. Her hog visits her patio at night for his tea, and hibernates in a purpose built home in   her garden 

I think some people find just piling stuff up in a corner works well too. They just need a dry, snug little place. I'm sure others here will have some tips they can offer 

They won't be hibernating for a while yet, so perhaps putting food out each night will help to keep him visiting. Someone here will correct me if I've got that totally wrong. 


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 17:09
flowers in the rain wrote (see)

Gosh!, well  Costa has proved just how good he is at growing things


Looks a bit like Tom Hanks in Castaway  

Spring Advice ?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 17:08

Hi Scott - 12 inches isn't very wide so probably best to go for smaller, low growing planting. You could have a mix of perennials and evergreens and if you want your daughter to get interested, you can sow some little annuals in spring with her. Nasturtiums are one of the easiest for children and they grow quickly with bright flowers so they're immediately appealing to them. 

As Logan says , check what the soil's like, and see what's growing in neighbouring gardens too. You can always ask other people what they have. The aspect is also important - no point growing sun lovers if the site's in full shade for instance.

This is a good time of year to plant all sorts of hardy plants, and many GCs, DIY stores and nurseries have sales so you can often pick up some bargains. Adding compost to the existing soil will help with the structure, and if it's sticky, heavy clay, well rotted manure and grit will benefit it. You can get manure in bags from garden centres etc if you don't have access to a riding school or similar to get it fresh 

Lastly, have a think about how you want the garden to look - bright colours or a simpler palette for example, and also how much time you have to spend in it. No point in having high maintenance plants if you don't have time to attend to them. Then we can all come up with lots of suggestions for you.

Hope that's of some help.  

Adding grit to flowerbeds

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:48

I've always gardened on clay Lucid, and I'm a great fan of digging in copious amounts of grit. I just do it as I go along - mixing it in with the soil/compost when I put in a plant. Over time, the soil becomes very workable. Manure is probably the best conditioner for heavy soil though, but if you want to put in plants which like sharp drainage, it's well worth doing    

weedkiller needed for ivy

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:45

That's good news Bill - glad the wall is fine 

ozwig - and of course, it's never wise to plant conifers in the same area.....  

The 24 hour Resolva does exactly what it says on the tin Verd. It's the only one I use. I have a ready mixed one and also the stuff you can dilute yourself. Serves my purposes perfectly. I treated some dandelions which are on the pavement along my boundary  and in the front path the other night at about half seven. No rain was forecast but it rained a good bit through the night. Was expecting next day to see them still alive but, no,  they're all brown  


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:39


perhaps a lawnmower....

Hosta ...keep trying  

What did you do differently the 2nd time? 


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 14:20

 Yikes Pat!  


Garden Waste

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 14:19

Blimey! Ours is included in our council tax and they now collect it (brown wheelie bin) every week right through the year.

They don't fix the potholes though   ...swings and roundabouts  

I'd agree with nut - make a compost bin. Old pallets, old fence planks, scaffold boards or bought timber depending on your budget. Loads of  the plastic types available too. You probably need a couple of those as they're small and more awkward to manage than a traditional 'wooden box' type  


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:47

Night Pat. Hope you sleep well 


Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:39

I had to re read that about the peach tart Verd. Ggirl asked what your best plant was in the garden just now and you said 'peach tart'. Thought I'd missed something! 

Looks good though Ggirl 

Smoked kippers and bananas? Are you pregnant Verd?  

Marmite - not for me, but GWRS - why don't you get a jar for yourself to spread it on....well, whatever it is you spread it on?  

Incredible the amount of growth you get Verd. It just highlights the difference between north and south in terms of length of season. 

Sun has broken through at last here. Unfortunately I have to go and get a haircut   Shouldn't take too long though so might get some deadheading done and maybe plant the bulbs I bought.

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