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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:38

Any going spare Dove? 

Not had anything to eat yet - just tea.

Just reading the comments about the plant thingy. I can't get excited about most of the choices frankly. I don't see how one plant can be the 'most influential'. It's how we put them together....


Stoney soil for new lawn

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:33

If you have a reasonable amount of soil compared with gravel - you won't need much then. I was recovering an area that had been under gravel and slabs, and we have heavy clay, so it was necessary for me to pay a bit more attention to the medium the seed would have to grow in. You'll probably only need a little layer of soil to sift over it to give the the seed a nice even layer to grow into. If you think it's not necessary, then just sow direct, but make sure the seed has good contact with the soil.

It's normal to put a bit of fertiliser down a week or so before seeding as well. I just used some bonemeal.

Mine looked like that about a month after sowing in mid June (2015) -  lots of rain helped! 

Bog Garden Multch

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:22

I think you've got it pretty well covered then GD 

It'll look great in a year or two when it all starts to knit together. You're right - you'll probably be hoiking things out before too long!

Spirea failing to thrive

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:19

I find them hard to kill - and believe me, I've tried! I hate those pinky flowers  

Which variety is it? I've found they grow in almost any site,  and are happy enough with some shade, although I only grow the white varieties now. Perhaps you need to rethink positioning, but there might be something else that's causing the issue. Soil?

You can keep them in pots though  


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:13

Slugs - almost without doubt. It's the biggest issue with young plants in particular - but even with more mature plants. I've just had to remove a whole stem which had been damaged low down on my EV which is several years old and pretty robust now. 

Ironic when considering that there have been fewer slugs and snails than usual this winter here as it was drier than it's ever been.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:05

Morning all/afties Pat - at least you can now choose between our political news and the US stuff to see which one you want to avoid most 

That's how it looked here earlier in the week - rain rather than fog though.At least it's gone off for now. It went off yesterday afternoon but was back on by evening. Normal summer service resumed  

Hosta - what a b***er about the Cannas. I wasn't aware of the virus being widespread. I was thinking about getting one for the new border but I hadn't got round to it. What can you do to avoid it at all - or can't you?  

Glad all went well with your Strawb Tea BL. I don't know where you get the enrgy. I'm exhausted just now, but there's been a viral thing going round and I think that has something to do with it. I seem to have done nothing but sleep this weekend after waking at stupid o'clock yesterday morning. 

Hope Mrs doc isn't too bad. I'm sure she'll recover quickly if you offer plenty of hot drinks and TLC doc. 

Stoney soil for new lawn

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 09:54

I wouldn't worry if shingle at 10mm is falling through your sieve. I had bigger gravel than that in the area I made into grass two years ago. A good layer of topsoil with grass seed sown and it's fine. I wanted a lot of gravel for drainage because of the amount of rain we get all year round, and yes, there was a bit of it on top which is why I let it settle in the weather for a couple of weeks before doing the final topsoil/compost and seed. It's a big area to be spending so much time at sieving everything. 

If you want a bowling green, that's entirely different. If you want grass that you can make into a servieable  tidy lawn, it should be fine. Unless you get a giant digger in to remove everything down to a couple of feet, there has to be a compromise Matt  

Gardeners world , beech grove

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 22:33

Not your fault Kitty. Some people simply can't behave 

Hardy underplanting query

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 22:20

Hardy geraniums perhaps, but most things will struggle to do well under any hedge once the foliage is there.


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 22:15

How very tidy and considerate of him Bob - or  perhaps he was preparing the rest of his salad! 

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