Latest posts by mike2li

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New bed is on a layer of paving about 12-18 inches deep -help!

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 15:52
Hi tdm
Not sure what to plant in the depth of soil you have before you hit the slabs .
But if your not going to lift them and need better drainage you could hire a small breaker gun with a long chisel and break up the slabs through the top soil .
Would give better drainage if nothing else .

Planting aubretia in cracks in sleepers

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 15:39
I take it the retaining sleepers or the retaining wall fairygirl has are not retaining anything important ??
Would never grow anything in anything structural , eg ivy in walls.
Been in the building trade 36 years and know the damage that can be done.
If your not bothered about long term damage plant away

top dressing for a lawn

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 15:31
Thanks for all the tips and advice once again .
This site and the people on it are great
Thanks again and no doubt be back soon with my next problem.

top dressing for a lawn

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 07:29
Hi Was going to top dress my grassed area this week ( lawn ? Not yet ) Being very new to gardening I read loads of tips and adivice on here . And had lots of advice from my workmates never knew I worked withh so many experts. Anyway I'm not to sure what mix of dressing to use ? . Was told my soil had too much clay in it. My plan was too Mow the grass a little Scarify Fork over Then use 3 parts sharp sand 1 part fine compost Bit of crushed chicken manure And a little grass seed That is my plan . Does anyone think the mix is wrong or will it be ok I'm not looking to get a putting green finish just looking lush and green like last year. I know it was a wet year but took a while to dry off after getting soaked. Any tips will be very welcome Been a joiner for 35 years if anyone needs any tips I would gladly try and help out. Been trying to garden for 2- 3 years now and really enjoying it and read all the experts on this site everyday , I got a long way to go . Cheers Mike.

frost free plug plants

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 20:01
Hi and thanks for all the replies
They will need to stay in the greenhouse as I have nowhere else to put them
I potted up the rest when I got home from work tonight and have roughly 200 .
The green house was 9-10 without the paraffin heater and the door left open a couple of inches all day from 7am.
Going to light a couple of candles from asda
Giant tea lights with a 9 hour burn time with paraffin heaters
I'm sure they were ??2 for 10 , bought a few pack weeks ago when I read somone recommend lighting cheap candles as frost protection.
Anyway thanks again for the replies .
I really enjoy reading all the gardening experts comments and helpful advice for the novice gardener like me

frost free plug plants

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 06:53
Hi I received my first lot of plug plants from suttons yesterday Potted them up into 70-90mm pots all bedding plants impatients petunias lobelia. Their instruction were for 15-18 degree ideal heat to grow on but I only have 2 paraffin heaters in my 8 by 6 greenhouse . I live in the scottish borders and it was minus 2ish through the night outside When I checked in the greenhouse was 6-7 If I maintain this temperature at night and hopefully warmer through the day will the plugs be ok ? This is my first time with plugs and my first year with a greenhouse Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks Mike.


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:32
What is a duplex ?????
Its a foiled backed plasterboard in the building trade , or I have messed up quite a few houses

Trailing Begonia corms

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 18:15
Thanks bev will feed with liquid feed too weather permitting here in sunny scotland .
Thanks again

Trailing Begonia corms

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 17:39
Hi Bev
Thanks for your help
When you say Fed will putting slow release granules in with the compost be enough feeding or would give a liquid feed also ?
Sorry for being a pest with all the questions but I just want to try and get it right oh and hopefully better baskets than the neighbours .

Trailing Begonia corms

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 19:31
Hi matt
If I give you my address will you come and throw my tubers in some baskets for me only kidding.
But if you have any advice on how ,when and how many to 3" tubers to plant in a 14" hanging basket ?
I would be very grateful for ant tips
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