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Rock hard soil

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 19:02

Invest in a pickaxe....I've often had to use one. 

It's likely to be clay, which means adding loads of well rotted manure, but you'd have to get the soil broken up a bit first to mix it in, so Tetley's suggestion is a good one! Alternatively, wait till there's been a good spell of rain and add the manure to the top. It'll get worked in over winter by worms and you'll probably be able to mix it in more easily then. It'll be too claggy to work on once it gets really wet and you'll only make it worse by trying to do it then. If you can get access to fresh horse manure, you can put that on over winter, as it'll break down enough by spring to let you work on it.


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 18:56

Do you think they're still together... or is he under a patio somewhere - I hope so! 

doc- I see it all the time. They think because it's sunny and warm down the car park, that it's going to be the same three and a half thousand feet higher. The ones on snowy mountains with babies in back carriers -  don't get me started on them... My ex husband told me recently about a young lad who was rescued up here. He had maps etc - but no warm or waterproof clothing, just t shirt and shorts because it was summer.  The weather's often worse in the 'summer' than it is just now. The phone thing worries  me constantly - people are relying on them all the time, and they use them for everything. I have a separate phone, GPS, maps, compass and route reports - and a camera for photos. 

I think a walk for Mountain Rescue might be on the cards...

new tree

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 18:03

That's if you can find a suitable maiden Steve, and she doesn't mind being pruned....ooh errr missus ... 

Are you dead set on a Betula ppauper? Perhaps you could look at other options 

Tiarella propagation

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 17:54

It should be fine Clive. They're very similar to Heucheras and, like them, you can pot up little pieces like that and they'll grow quite readily. Keep it somewhere sheltered over winter and  it should grow on during spring when you can pot it on  


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 17:47

Oh doc, re your friend - that's the worst scenario imaginable. They're worth their weight in gold, and I find it incredible that they have to rely on scraps to keep going. No matter how well prepared you are, or how experienced, mishaps happen, but they must struggle to hold back sometimes when they see the daft things people do - lack of clothing and no maps are the most common I think  

Second night of goulash for me and little fairylet. One of or faves. Cottage pie is another one Hosta 

Hosta Leaves Yellowing

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 17:42

They're hardy plants Alfresco. As they're small, you could keep them in a sheltered spot - against a house wall or something similar - just to protect them a bit from the worst of the weather over winter  

What bird of prey would attack a skein of geese?

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 17:39

More likely to be a buzzard - but I'd have thought the geese would have seen one of those off - unless they were taken by surprise.   I've seen rooks and crows regularly gang up on buzzards with great effect. 

Geese are a bit useless I think - coming back from The Pentlands the other week, I did a double take on the Edinburgh by pass. There was one coming towards me, flying very low, down the middle of the road...

I didn't like to tell him the airport was in the other direction....


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 17:24
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Hosta - knees are a nightmare when they don't work so well. Painkillers might be the best solution - I know my mum was told to take them for her arthritis - but I'd hate to have to take those regularly 

On the plus side - I like your new avatar 


Not only a nice avatar, but have finally got to grips with the quotes thingy.


Lyn - I just noticed your avatar - and I'm slightly scared....

jo - I'm always mindful of the mountain rescue too. Too many idiots go out unsuitably attired etc, so I have no intention of adding to their numbers by pushing my luck with the lack of daylight now. I  went out 10 days ago to do a Corbett on a Friday after work to make the most of great weather, but calculated carefully how much time I had. I knew there was a good path lower down - negotiable even if the light was going. Still jogged as much as possible coming back just to be sure! 

Good for you re the gas man. What is it with these clowns?  

Mary's Lemon Drizzle is the only one I use - but I add even more lemon to make it nice and sharp ...yum yum 


Posted: 27/10/2015 at 12:53

No - not yet Dove, and post has just arrived. Was going to pm you later 

Have to go back to work...

Taking cuttings

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 12:51

I had cream nasturtiums jo. 'Milkmaid' was the variety. I got them online from Thompson and Morgan - I think 

Just gritty compost smallswan. Mix some grit or course sand into the compost you have 

I'd agree totally with obelixx about the ceanothus and variegated shrubs. Wet cold is a killer for them. 

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