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hard earth

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 15:34

ok mulching. I like it

thanks

hard earth

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 14:38

afternoon

pottering in my garden, as you do, I discovered that the earth in one of our borders is very hard. It gets quite a lot of direct sun I think.

Does it matter, and it is anything to do with why our lilies did so appallingly badly this year? I had blamed that on the twin cannons of slug and lily beetle. Actually, it's only one type of lily that's done badly, which makes me think it's more likely to be sensitivity to pests.

Should one dig over a border? I can't really, cos it's full of bulbs...

thanks 

Philadelphus wilt

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 11:29

it's dead now. I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY !

 

(jk)

Philadelphus wilt

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 22:41
I can do benign neglect

Thanks

Philadelphus wilt

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 19:04

I bought a Philadephus online at the end of last year and it arrived looking like dry twigs that had long shuffled off this mortal coil. Anyway I planted it in the border, and promptly forgot about it. 

This spring, imagine my delight when fresh green leaves sprouted and it appeared to have thrived. And yet a couple of days ago those precious leaves began to look jaded, and now they are very wilted.

What gives? I fed everything with a general purpose feed a couple of weeks ago. I've watered a couple of times a week, but it hasn't been particularly dry, and everything else is fine. We've had a zillion slugs but the Philadelphus leaves weren't touched. 

Thoughts?

Thanks

 

To feed or not?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 12:54

yep our cat catches rats with a bell on but not birds. they definitely work. Red Dingo do a good collar with a safety catch and you can buy them online

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:55
Under the slabs was a concrete pad, which we busted up with a breaker and hauled away. Under that was poor ish soil. Not builder's rubble, fortunately. We put down a ton (2? Hard to remember) of top soil and the entire contents of our compost bin, and then the turf. I don't think it's the soil per se that's at fault... when the lawns growing it grows ike crazy. We have to nmow it every 5 days. I think it's just a small ecosystem with little resilience. It also experiences extremes of shade/damp and sun.

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:54

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:38

We took up the paving slabs and put down a new lawn in our tiny city garden 18 months ago. It's survived, and even done pretty wlel, but I wouldnt go so far as to say it's flourished. In particular, it has a tendency to go a bit thin and patchy. We aerate etc and mow when we should (just about). We overseeded last spring and I will need to again, imminently. It wasnt enormously successful last year.

what seed/species should I use? In winter the lawn is very damp, and in summer it gets very dry. One half of it gets a lot more sun than the other. We don't have dogs or children so it doesnt need to be particularly hard wearing.

thanks

lawn in this hot weather

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 17:03

humph. I guess

i save my 'grey water' (thanks Ecover) for the garden

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hard earth

questions, questions 
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Philadelphus wilt

Sudden wilt for no reason 
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Overseeding the lawn

what should I overseed my lawn with 
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lawn in this hot weather

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what needs supporting with canes and garden string? specifically gladioli...

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cutting buds/flowers

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watering (i'm new to gardening)

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irises going brown and curly

help 
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encouragement for azaleas

help... 
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