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Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:07

Many people dislike clay soil because it can be virtually impossible to dig for much of the year.  My mum's garden was heavy clay which went from being too heavy and sticky to work after rain to like concrete after a couple of days of sun.  Many years of working in organic matter made it usable but still heavy and difficult.

By contrast, our house is only a matter of 3 miles from hers and can be dug easily at any time of the year.  In fact the deeds of our house forbid the extraction of sand and gravel for commercial purposes.  The soil is superb, but the original occupant of the house apparently had the whole lot down to veg for about 40 years, I guess that helped.

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:09

It sounds as if the rain has penetrated the timber and the timber will almost certainly twist when it dries.  The probability of all the timber contracting again at the same rate is almost nil. You really need to use pressure treated timber for outside work.


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 15:53

We came back from holiday last weekend to a garden where the weeds had grown well but it was almost impossible to dig as it was so dry.  Finally got out on Thursday and gave it a thorough watering.  Absolutely persisted down all day Friday and again today.  Frustrated - you bet!!!!


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 18:13

All the suggest solutions may work for small areas, but I have trouble with them leaving their calling cards on the lawns and in the borders.  Over 200' of border and 250 square yards of lawn is difficult to protect.  I would love to put an electric fence along the top of the timber one.  That would at least keep them out of the back garden.

Leaking wooden greenhouse

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 18:08

The surfaces will need to be dry for silicone sealant to adhere.  I would wait until you have a few dry days before trying.

What kind of Garden injuries hav you had

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 18:43

Reversed into a holly bush when weeding.  I got up a lot quicker than I got down!

Cutting hose with a very sharp penknife when the blade caught and folded on my finger.  The scar is still visible over 40 years later.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 18:52

The most effective method I have found is to pull the existing weed by hand then wait until new growth is a few inches high.  Walk all over it to bruise / break stems and then spray with Roundup at it's strongest recommended solution.  Finally cover with weed suppressing fabric.  It probably will reappear over time, but if you catch it early it should at least be controllable.


Posted: 19/07/2015 at 18:48

Phyllostachys nigra isn't generally a problem, but I have been saying the same about my Phyllostachys aurea for years and now have to eat my words about it.  We had a lot of work done on our garden 2 years ago and I didn't realise that the people doing the work had ripped out the timber edging I had around the bamboo.  It wasn't obvious as the edging was covered by grass. It was only at the end of last season that I spotted the odd bamboo shoot showing in the lawn.  Even then I just snapped them off and thought no more about it.  I've literally just come back from holiday today, so the lawn hasn't been mowed for 3 weeks, to discover 2 distinct rows of shoots coming up through the lawn.  Next job is to treat all that growth with strong weed killer and then start digging out the main bamboo clumps.

The bamboo had been perfectly well behaved for over 20 years prior to that.  It does show that it can be contained - until you have idiots working in the garden.  Sadly, these idiots were a long established local garden design and maintenance company.

Xhose collapsible hosepipe bursting

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:31

Unfortunately, if you search "x hose problems" you will have no shortage of hits.  From what I have read, it's not possible to repair them so you'll either need to get a replacement under warranty or put it down to experience and go back to using standard hoses.  At least with a normal hose, if it springs a leak it can be repaired.

Problem with black bamboo

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:27

As others have said, that definitely ain't bamboo.  It looks more like one of the weeds with which I do regular battle in the garden.

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Any experience? 
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Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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No idea by what! 
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Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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.... what a disappointment 
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Is partial shade OK 
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