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My garden is a jungle

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:24

My little one is 2 and already 'helps' with all the gardening jobs, planting, collecting leaves, composting, feeding chickens and collecting eggs, oh and mowing with his bubble mower.  I've enslaved him young! 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 16:27

It is bad enough finding time to do all the housework and garden jobs when you are not a single parent with a 2 year old and another on the way, never mind doing absolutely everything yourself! 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:48

Yes it is definitely worth it, especially if your area doesn't have green waste collection. If you can get hole of 3 or 4 old pallets you can make some for free just by hammering them together with long nails.  My Mum just had some building work done so I managed to scavenge some and was really pleased with the results. You could go online and get some plastic daleks for reduced price through your local council. These also work fine.  You want to aim at putting 50:50 brown: green waste in in thin layers then you won't have to bother turning it.  Put your grass clipping in (green waste) in layers of about and inch so you don't get a sludgy mess.  I also put shredded paper in mine (brown waste).  Plus peelings, egg shells, kitchen scraps and cut up garden clippings.  When it breaks down you can use it on your new veg beds.

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:16

Agreed re: the willow artjak.  I think they are meant to be at least 30 feet from a house or something daft.  I think they can pollard it if they don't want to lose it completely (well a tree surgeon can).

I would level it off using topsoil then seed.  Berghill is right, in Summer you will be mowing it once a week so no brambles will survive that constant mowing.  That said I would turn the place over with a fork first, take any big stones or roots out then level off and seed.  


My garden is a jungle

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 17:20

It's the perfect time to re-seed that lawn if you plan or renovating rather than replacing. Looks level to me.   You can scatter a mix of topsoil and seed and hang some bird scarers with your girls to stop them eating it all. 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 17:16

Wow you have been busy!  You've totally transformed it and it looks massive.

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 08:45

Unless you can afford to have someone come and lift and reseed or turf that lawn for you I would just start routine lawn maintenance and try and improve it that way. Lifting turf is a nightmare especially on wet clay with roots in.  It is the perfect time of year to do some routine lawn maintenance in preparation for next year.  Mow it, scarify it, aerate it and brush in coarse sand from B & Q or somewhere.  You can also do an Autumn feed (make sure it's labelled as Autumn feed) as the lawn will look a lot better next Spring.  All this will improve drainage for next year.  Our lawn is also on heavy clay and this has been what I've done for the past two Autumns to improve drainage and the quality is much better.  It has some clover in but I don't mind that, keeps it nice and green and springy in Summer and feeds the grass with nitrogen fixed from the air.  Keeping the original lawn for the time being will save time, money and give your girl's somewhere to play over Winter.  

They had a willow removed from this garden before we moved in just over a year ago and the roots do rot quickly in clay but due to other tree roots I was still using a saw to get a small pre-moulded pond in.  Willows suck up lots of water so while it is probably reducing a water logging situation in the garden (as I think the one here was) they can play havoc with drains and house foundations so shouldn't be planted too close to buildings.  

I quite like that paved grid bit it would make a good veg/herb garden!  You can get some cheap bulbs and pots from Wilkos at this time of year which you can plant up with your girls for flowers in Spring. 


The most surprising new plant in your garden

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 11:45

Oh that would be great Orchid Lady if it's not too much bother.  I think the ones I did were a mix free on the front of GW mag but only the pink ones survived and I wanted to use them up as they were from last year.  I didn't know they could grow that tall either, think some pinching out should have happened at some point! 

Seasonal Pot problems

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 09:45

You're right to look in Wilkos, they have some really good seasonal bargains.  Got some iris reticulata, allium purple sensation, hyacinth city  of harlem and anemone de caen from there this year and they are so cheap if they only last a year it's not a huge waste of money.  They also sell a massive wooden handle steel tipped 'dibber' which I'll use for bulb planting in future for a few quid.  I had two delphinium black knight from there this summer and they flowered 3 time due to the great summer we've had.  You should be able to get trays of winter pansies for a few quid soon from supermarkets like others have mentioned, so keep your eyes peeled.  (peeled eyes)

The most surprising new plant in your garden

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 21:08

My cosmos is taller than me this year (5 foot 3) and still covered in buds!  I'd like to do the white one next year and hopefully a shorter type.

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