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Camera Corner

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 20:51

yes, that is the cub that I used to hand feed. He used to come to call.

What is this seed?

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 20:49

Seeds out of pine cones look a lot like that.

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 20:35



Posted: 15/02/2014 at 19:26

Yes, Stacey, more money than sense. How much meat could you get for that? I was looking at snowdrop "Wendys gold", but at £15 a bulb, I thought perhaps not.


Posted: 15/02/2014 at 18:35

I don't know how many I have. I walked around the garden and picked up 60 that the birds /squirrels had uprooted, and then planted them 5 to a pot. They can go in gaps or be given away. Those clumps I dug up, did anyone count how many bulbs in a clump?


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.

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