Hopeless Gardner

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Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:26

Thanks Dave

Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:07

i have ended up with rather more of this than I thought.  Can I spread it as a mulch in its present state around plants and over the soil or must it go through a compost heap first.  If so is there anything I can add to it to make it rot more quickly.  I only have kitchen waste and annual weeds to mix with it.  My neighbour has chicken manure waste.  Should I ask her for some of that?






Posted: 21/09/2014 at 14:29

Thanks everyone


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 18:27

The dog wouldn't put up with that.  Any IDE what this stuff is called?


thanks for replying


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 16:59

My small garden pond has been very neglected and is full of duck weed.  I have got as much as possible off with a sieve attached to a bean pole but as the water level is so low I have found all the oxygenating plants are full of it as well.. Presumably the best thing would be to replace all these, so would this time of year be the best time to do it?  I can't use chemicals even if I wanted to as my dog treats is as her personal water bowl!  


Isit it ok to top up with tap water, I haven't any rain water left in my water butt.




Is it a jasmine

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:49

I inherited this plant when I moved here (peak district) 2 years ago. It provides a useful buffer between me and my neighbour.  Every now and then I hack it back a bit and it comes back at me with


a vengeance.!!! Last year I gave it a good shave and thought I had killed it as it took ages to come to life after the long winter. Is it a jasmine and how hard can I cut it back

Wildflowers - to dig over soil before planting or not?

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 10:39
Reading the above is very useful. I have a small patch of land the other side of my garden fence which is full of couch grass, golden rod and some shrubs. I would particularly like to encourage wild flowers here. What would be the best way of dealing with it, and if I bought young plants is it best to sow nowish or in the spring

Poorly clematis

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 10:34
I put in two new clematis and honeysuckles this spring and they don't appear to have moved much. I. Do tend to garden by neglect as I am away a certain amount. How can I help them now and if they haven't grown much should I prune them as instructed on the labels. They are Rubens Montana, tangjutica, integrofolia arabella and jackmanii superii
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Composting shredded stuff

Lots of it! 
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Getting rid of it!! 
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Last Post: 21/09/2014 at 14:29

Is it a jasmine

Small leaves, dark pink tiny fluted flowers all summer, bees love it, not much scent, grows like anything 
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Last Post: 06/09/2013 at 11:10

Poorly clematis

Little growth and no flowers 
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Last Post: 25/07/2012 at 11:25
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