- Must confess to not being either enthusiastic or knowledgeable about anything to do with gardening. Now retired so have more time and have developed a degree of interest so will be asking lots of very basic questions.
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17 Sep 2017 21:01
These patches of dead grass have appeared in the last few days We get fox droppings on the patio and the water in the bird bath disappears at a far greater rate than I would expect evaporation and birds bathing to cause.
All the patches are near the bird bath, none in the rest of the lawn so I wonder if a fox could be responsible.
I re-seeded some long standing bald patches a few weeks ago so have not cut the grass recently
19 May 2017 22:01
It's in the ground. It has been a dry spring in Kent but I've kept it well watered.
Not sure that my description of "first year" is correct - I bought it last April so does that mean it is now second year and if so does this affect the advice?
19 May 2017 18:46
The buds first appeared several weeks ago but only started to open 2 days ago..
Photos show the problem
30 Jun 2015 21:01
Follow up question about the manure - is it better with or without straw in it?
No such problem when I used to follow the milkman's cart with a bucket and shovel. Dad put it in a tin bath full of water and put the resulting liquid in a watering can.
27 Jun 2015 22:37
Thanks. Will get some for future use.
27 Jun 2015 22:15
Thanks everyone - the Choisya "Sundance" looks good so I'll give it a try. I'll buy a bag of compost but wonder about well rotted manure. A local stables puts bags of fresh manure out for free collection - "just return the empty bags" It's collected from the field so no straw in it - is that an advantage?
What does rotting down involve - in a container or an open heap in a secluded corner, any action needed to speed the process and how long should it take before being useable?
26 Jun 2015 23:54
Size 5ft wide by 6ft deep, facing east. What would grow here (apart from weeds!)?
22 Mar 2014 20:14
Thanks everyone. Not being a proper gardener I'm a bit puzzled by "planting the wall". I will be adding things in the border between the wall and the boundary wall. Thinking of lavender at the back (by the pavement) and not yet decided about the rest.
The border is 25' by 4' 9", the retaining wall is 4' 6" high in the corner and the wall by the pavement is 10" high
This photo shows a better overall view
Suggestions for easy care low maintenance plants very welcome.
20 Mar 2014 19:20
Hi everyone. This is my first post, looking for help with what is probably common knowledge to anyone who knows anything at all about gardening, but for various reasons I'm a virtual beginner.
This is our front garden
I've just bought an old wooden wheelbarrow to use as a planter and wonder if some sort of miniature conifer and some heathers would be suitable. The barrow is 21" x 28"
The wall is 4' 6" high in the corner and the road outside is north of the garden. Limited sun, mostly in the afternoon. We are in Kent.
Specific questions are
Do I need to make drainage holes in the barrow
Do I need a plastic liner
Do I mix soil and compost/peat type
Suggestions of suitable conifers and heathers (summer and winter flowering) very welcome.