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Clay soil, digging it out

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 21:34

A good point, thanks GemmaJF

Clay soil, digging it out

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 19:20

Im on heavy clay also. In my front garden I recently had to dig a hole 4ft deep and it was still clay. I have nowhere to drain water to either. Any soakaways I've made have just held the water, and the problem returns. 

Im relaying a new lawn this year and I shall first remove the old turf, rotate the compacted soil, add more top soil and sand, and rotate this into the existing soil. By rotating the area and raising the lawn a couple of inches I hope this will improve the situation.

Spring Bulbs leftover from Autumn

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 21:46

I have a collection of tip bulbs that I threw into an empty plant pot (no soil) last autumn, and they remained there over winter as I never got around to throwing them out. A few weeks ago I noticed they had sprouted and so I've planted them up.

Honeysuckle or Clematis?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 21:35

Christine, yes that clematisis the pink flowering plant and is called 'Piilu'. Heres a close up..(click on it to enlarge)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsd8e151c7.jpg

 

Its my second favourite clematis, my first being Dr Ruppel which you can see here growing up my archway..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps37424126.jpg

 

 

 Have a look at this great website about Clematis plants  http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk

Clematis fall into different groups which relate to their pruning times - Group 1, Group 2 etc. You can also get evergreen Clematis.

Does anyone know when...

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 15:46

I think they always start off with half hour episodes, then part way through the series they change to one hour episodes.

Lawn sand or dressing

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:52

Im also on heavy clay, and there is nowhere to drain excess water to. The clay is so deep that soakaways dont work, they just fill up with water and remain full. 

 

Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:09

Berghill, thats a beautiful pond and garden

Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 18:19

 Dave Morgan - WHAT??? It could be a hedgehog yet your suggesting a trap thats humane OR OTHERWISE???

 

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 14:25

I would either keep them or perhaps do as suggested earlier and dig some of the rows up and rearrange them into one or two larger squares. If you really do decide to get rid of them then dont just throw them away, there will be someone somewhere who would love to have them in their garden.

To compost or not to compost

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 23:51

Make sure that with any compost heap/bin the compost has direct contact with soil.

Theres lots of things you can add to the compost in addition to your peelings, such as the contents of your hoover, egg shells, torn up or shredded junk mail, torn up egg boxes, t-bags and fruit peelings. You can also ask your neighbour for some of their grass cuttings which will get your compost hot in no time.

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