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Heavy Clay Soil

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 10:52

Yeah as dove says, don't add sand especially not fine builder's sand, clay and sand make bricks. Organic matter is the best thing to add. Clay soil isn't all that bad though as long as you add organic matter.

Polluted ground

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:31

 In an ideal world I wouldn't worry but the sewage could contain bacteria viruses and parasites. Not good things to have in your garden. Obviously if your neighbours are fit and healthy there's nothing to worry about but if they're not then I would be very concerned.

Plant ID

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:19

It could be almost anything from where I'm sitting I can't zoom those inamges on this ancient work system. The chloritic one ont he left could be a rhody and the one on the right could be Euonymous or a pyacantha etc? Wild stabs in the dark for me until I get home on my Mac . Better photos would help though. Sorry not a criticism of your photograhy techniques just my frustration with 20th century OS.

magnolia stellata

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:10

You can grow that in your clay soil but dig in lots of organic matter, it will be fine. BTW a quick google for the name of the plant plus RHS will tell you in a fraction of a second.

fruit tree blossom

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 14:43

I would hand polinate too with a paintbrush or feather dusty. I have mine ready to go. I don't protect my trees though. They've been fine in the last four years but it is an odd year, as usual,

Apple trees & Veg Combo?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 14:36
Kevin Slinger wrote (see)

Scrap the mint Idea, Just read that it can be quite invasive.

By 'quite' you mean it will run amuck and invade your whole garden?  I would only grow mint in a contained area that's is six inch thick tungston tank.

Apple trees & Veg Combo?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 14:25
Fleurisa wrote (see)

You need to make sure you don't risk damaging the tree roots by planting anything near them.

That was my first thought too. The apple roots will grow out along the surface quite a way even in the first year. I was surpirsed when I took down my shed a 1 yrf maiden had been planted against.  They went out well over a meter.

school pond - what to do ?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:32

If you let the water bubble over something from a height half the chlorine will go. Like shaking a bottle of coke releases the CO2.

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:00

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Frog orgy

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:59

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