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Garden centre recommendations

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 21:16

I would recommend the Pacific GC in Staffordshire. Very good , healthy plants and all the staff are always ready to give sound advice to anyone who require it. Prices are not over the top either. Although I find GC ok most of the big ones are now so mass producing it is hard to find anything "green" to plant out. 

I prefer, possicle like a lot on here, producing my own plants and growing then on for my garden or selling at car boots 


Removing Topsoil

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 23:39

I recently moved about a meter ton of soil that was made up a old turf mound that had broken down in to loam soil over the last few years . This was required to allow an area of my garden to be clear for a for a new shed. Depending on the size of your garden, I was able to redistribute it over my boarders, particularly under a few mature trees and shrubs. Once the soil had settled down, I racked in to reduce any peaks. Good top soil  is invaluable so that why I did this. It was all done by shovel and wheelbarrow and hard graft, took a week end to complete but very satisfying to resolve a problem 

In our thoughts

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 19:04

All I can say is God bless all the victims and their families. The world has gone completely mad when innocent people are put to the slaughter tor what ever reason.




Posted: 13/11/2015 at 19:12

Council made compost 

I would never use it as I will not trust what checking process it has  gone through and could contain seedlings of mare tail or hog weed 

Hi Grace

When  you say you have composted your grass cutting, I take it that this has been mixed with other compost material to create a good mixture. I take it, from your comments, that it if smells sweet so that gives me the impression that you have. Grass cutting composted on there own smell qunite the obvious 

Happy Gardening 

what would you do differently?

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 00:17

When I first started gardening I wasted a lot of money on buying plants without really looking at the best place to plant them and their requirements in relation to soil conditions. I was a bit younger then and not that interested in anything in relation to the garden. That changed. I now advise people on their gardens and produce plants for them. I also carry out garden projects

But I always think back to when I started and always wished I had got in to gardening a lot earlier



Posted: 01/11/2015 at 22:26

I would suggest a good quality ivy as it will not require any support to spread. But no scent. Prune it back as  required

I had one growing up my shed and its has had not real effect to the structure or stability of the structure

Leaf mould

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 15:58

Nothing wrong with sycamore leaves for leaf mould imo

Leaf mould

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 14:19

My leaf mould that I made just over 12 months ago has come out quite good. Would not say that it has rotted down completely, but good enought to spread on my boarders as an autumn mulch. Some other I made 18 months ago is just a bit finer in consistency. That  leaf mould was created by using simple black plastic bin liners with a few holes made In them. Quite simple really if you haven't got the area for chicken wire compound


Posted: 24/10/2015 at 15:44

i concur it's chickweed. Just a nuisance weed but easily removed by hand

Accessible gardening questionnaire (student project, please help!)

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 16:52

Hi Morg


Completed questionairre and best of luck for your future studies

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