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Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:09

Scumbags!  Sloe has inch long spikes, can be pruned as a hedge and comes bare root at this time of year.  'That'll learn em' as my Grandad would say.  

Tilted garden taken over by weeds

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 21:37

There is no quick and easy cheat way to do it if you want to use that land within the next 2 years.  You will need to turn the soil with a fork and pull out all the thick roots you see putting them in a bucket and getting rid of them.  My Mum had a new build about 15 year ago and I remember doing this job on heavy clay with my Mum and Grandad.after you've done that you can cover it with heavy black polythene sheeting to keep the annual weeds out or from germinating until you are ready to plant.  

Trees in Pots

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:29

I would say take care with how heavy the pot and its contents are for a balcony. Usually you would use a soil based substrate for a tree which would be in the pot for a long time (like John Innes), but I wouldn't in this case due to the weight, I'd use multipurpose.  I would probably go for one of the stone effect pot which will be lighter than terracotta but won't protect the roots as well in Winter.  You might want to wrap the pot itself in bubble wrap over Winter as some protection for the roots.  Of course if you are certain that the balcony could take the weight of a big stone pot full of soil rather than compost go for it.

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. 


Discussions started by Mrs G

Autumn Lawn Feed

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Plants for Winter interest

North facing clay border 
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Moving clematis

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Feed birds

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Viburnum Opulus being nibbled

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Gardening and Chickens

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European Spindle

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How to increase flowers/coverage 
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mulch query

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Talkback: Dunnocks

I tried clingfilm on the outside of the window but the blue tit just pulled it off! 
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Breeding Frogs

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Mulching with privet

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Ray of Hope

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Flooded Harden

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Front Gardens & Evergreens

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