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Small gardens and spent compost

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 17:52

Use it as a mulch on your garden.    Put it into your compost bin - it will be full of bacteria which will help speed up the composting process.     Never give it to the Council!    


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 17:48

I agre with Dove...   A Ribes, an ornamental shrub and not grown from fruit.     A lovely flower!


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 17:42

I noticed, last weekend, that my mop-head has got some buds on it.    Not leaf buds,(they've been there sometime now) but flower buds!!!   I live in the West Midlands so not a particularly mild area.


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:56

I grew these from seed this year for the first time - and will grow them again.    I got the pinks and white ones, but also some in a deep purple.   I am leaving mine to seed themselves.

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:31

I don't know if this will help, but when we dig out a potato bag or tub, we either put the compost on the soil as a mulch, or put it in the compost bin.

Tree stump removal

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:29

Couldn't agree more.     We had a huge walnut tree stump removed by grinding and it was great.    Keep the grindings - you can use them as a mulch or just compost them.

tulip bulbs

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:24

Anthony, Tulips are nowhere as reliable as daffodils for continuing to flower year after year.    Hope you are lucky with yours! 

hardy pot plants

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:29

Hostas are lovely for their foliage, but they do flower as well.   

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:24

I think you need some overall plan, even if you attempt it one stage at a time.   If you don't have such a plan, you mgiht wish you had put things in different places half way through completion.    I did a complete redesign of my garden, by drawing it out on graph paper.   I made a list of all the things that I wanted in the garden, such as patio, water butts, compost bin area, etc.    Will your daughter want a shed to hold her tools and lawnmower, for example?    How big will it need to be?    If she has a wheelchair, how wide will her paths need to be, and she will need access to all areas.     Will she want raised beds?     List out all her needs, and then play around with the plan, making everything accessible for her.

There are gardens open to the public that cater for disabled people, so maybe you both could visit one to poach ideas? 

Good luck.   Let us all know how you get on. 

Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:56

There are small slimline water butts available nowadays, as well as the large ones.   I am not sure about folding one up or putting it away when not needed.     When is water not needed?     I have a total of nine water butts, and often it is a problem to keep them filled!

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