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Posted: 15/02/2014 at 18:22

Wet and windy all day here. Apart from feeding the birds, I have not ventured into the garden.  I like the pics of snowdrops,chicky. There was something in the paper about rare snowdrops being targeted and thieves digging them up in the night.

 I looked at some at Hodsock, but at £7 for two bulbs, I am sticking to my common single ones. (Nivalis?). Every year I dig up a few and spread them around, they provide a nice start to Spring, cheering me up in the short days of late winter.

Digging beds from scratch - how deep and what soil?

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 18:01

For the lawn area, if you can rotovate or fork in about 3 inch of compost, or well rotted FYM into the top 6 inches of clay, that will do. My brother bought a house with a lawn of turf laid over clay. The turves curled up like old sandwiches. He stripped the lot, pinched the entire contents of my mums compost heap, all the used tomato compost etc, and rotovated it in. He then seeded it, and now has a nice lawn.

To plant shrubs, mix organic stuff as above with the clay in a 50 /50 mix, and make the hole for the root ball at least twice as big as the plant root ball. Otherwise you will plant into a sump and it may rot in wet weather.

Clay can be very productive if you can get enough organic matter into it.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 17:48

I use BFB at the beginning of a season, either scattered around perennials or shrubs and then tickled in, or as 100g per sq metre in the veg patch and forked in before planting or sowing seed.

Blood is fast acting source of Nitrogen and promotes leafy growth early in the season.

Fishmeal is medium acting and feeds through the season. The bonemeal is long acting/slow at breaking down, and helps root growth for older plants.

Planting akebia (chocolate vine)

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 18:28

I would plant a few different plants. Clematis,  Akebia, Honeysuckles, will all grow quickly and can give you cover, and flowers at differering times of year.

were has my thread gone

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 12:50

I've bumped them up for you Joyce. Look at the front page of latest posts.

Clematis Montana

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 12:46

amaryllis plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 12:45


Not sure this is appropriate here, but you should all know!!!

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 16:23

This is good edd, My parents are over 75 and not only have they not heard about this, my mum is £400 in cradit, but they won't talk to my  mum because Dads name is on the bill, and they won't give a refund of the overpaid amount. I feel a new supplier coming on.


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 16:06

Nice walk along the river, even if we did have to go the opposite way , because the towpath was flooded along one section. The Trent was pretty high, and the golf course looked really nice, all the sand traps were filled with water, and the water table is so high, there were new lakes all over it. I presume all the golfers were at the 19th hole, none to be seen anyway.

I've removed the 7ft teasels, they were a bit battered by now. I noticed that weeds were germinating all over, mainly chickweed, but the dandelions are on their way up.

I hope everyone being battered by the wind is safe and warm.


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 12:31

seeing as it's sunny, OH wants a walk out in the sunshine (as opposed to yesterdays rain and wind). So I'll see you later.

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