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Grey Soil

Posted: Yesterday at 18:58

Many thanks to all of you for your advice.  You are all right I do have clay soil to which I have added compost over the years but not grit. Sorry Dovefromabove I live in East Yorkshire and upto now have had no problem with my soil or growing plants but will now try adding grit as well as compost.  Unfortunately, I dug out the Golden Rod thinking whatever was wrong may spread to other plants.  Many thanks again to you all.

Grey Soil

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 14:50

Hi, I'm hoping someone can help.  I recently dug up an old clematis in the back garden which had been in about 15 years.  When I dug it up the soil underneath was grey.  This also happened when I dug up what I call Golden Rod in the front garden many of the stems had fused together and I wondered if this was caused by the grey type soil although the clematis was ok just not flowering as it always had.  Any help would be appreciated.

Raised bed of bricks

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 10:21

Many thanks for all the replies, it has given me a lot to think about. A rebuild would be nice but means taking all the plants out.  To render it would be quicker and easier I suppose.  It will give me food for thought over the winter and a job for the spring.

Raised bed of bricks

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 10:08

Thanks Dovefromabove, I think that is what I'll have to do but I seem to remember reading about something that could be used to cover the bricks. Unfortunately it was a couple of years ago and I can't remember what it was.  I wonder if concrete would do it?

Raised bed of bricks

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 19:09

 Hi,  My garden has a raised bed made of bricks and unfortunately some of the bricks are becoming worn and pieces keep falling off.  I like this raised bed which I have planted with alpines but do not know what to do about the bricks other than knock it down which I definitely don't want to do .  Has anyone any ideas on how to mend it please?

Organic weedkiller?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 19:36

Many thanks for all the replies, I've thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  Love the idea of ducks or hens but only having a small garden and as there are urban foxes round here don't think it would work.  I'm thinking along the lines of the weed control flame thrower.

Organic weedkiller?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 11:28

Unfortunately I don't have a lawn.  I decided to get rid of it while I was working (perhaps not the best of ideas) but can't face replacing the gravel now, but I do try not to use weedkillers if I can get away with it.  Bird seed grass seems to have a rapid germination, faster then the birds can eat it.

Organic weedkiller?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 09:13

Many thanks to everyone your replies were very helpful.  Will look for the high energy no mess bird seed but must admit I thought organic would be a safe option if there was such a thing.  Again many thanks.

Organic weedkiller?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 14:46

Hi, Can anyone tell me if there is an organic weedkiller?  I have a bird feeder which is stood in gravel and the seeds sprout faster than I can weed them out.  I use the organic slug pellets but have been unable to find any weedkiller in the garden centres.  I don't want to harm the birds by using ordinary weedkiller but neither do I want the grass growing  between the gravel, so I would very much  appreciate any help.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 20:03

Many thanks to you all for your advice.  I think I will leave it till the spring and then see if I can get a bricklayer to give me a quote.

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