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Hard uneven garden

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 15:05

Normally developers tend to bury a lot of "stuff " under a garden as its cheaper than paying £230 per skip to take it away

It may pay you to ask neighbours of their experiences of trying to "use "their gardens

You can dig up a square of turf near the edge of your garden and have a look down to 18" to see what you have inherited

Normally a lawn should not be "uneven rocky difficult to walk on " as its only soil and grass seed !!

You would not expect to have stones under a newly laid carpet !!

In my garden where the previous owner had a greenhouse and I have dug down 18" to find bricks , half bricks and rubble that they used for a solid base

" I was told by the developer it may take a year or so for the soil underneath to fully establish itself and make the garden softer to walk on "

Soil compacts as you walk on it so in theory it will only get firmer

? What do you want from your garden.

Let us know what you do please


Posted: 04/06/2017 at 14:48

Im sure its the same all over the UK but on our allotments in Bristol there is a constant HUMMMM of bees............its just magical


Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:16

Its worth growing phacelia just for the bees as with a chart you can identify the different types

Its good to educate the children who are our future Allotmenteers !!

Its the best of the Green Manures in my opinion

Blue Piping

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:07

I have found some in a skip and know that some Allotmenteers use it to protect their veg from pigeons by adding netting

? How do you secure it into the ground as its only slightly flexible

Last edited: 04 June 2017 13:08:28

Leaking Wooden Bird Bath

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 16:47

I have a Leaking Wooden Bird Bath which has developed a split about 1/4 " wide and some 2 " long and the water is leaking out

? Any suggestions as to what I can use to cure this

Thinning carrots

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 19:34

I made my RB from scaff boards and filled it with alternate layers of horse manure and new top soil

It is carrot heaven and I swear I can hear them giggling 

The carrots last season were 12 inches long and straight and no blemishes

The total cost of the RB was £200 but will last many years just with a top up of soil and manure.

You must rotate with other vegs


Posted: 17/05/2017 at 10:29

I used the microwave and after about 20 goes of 5 second bursts it is runny again

Oh what simple pleasures life brings  

Thinning carrots

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 10:27

I grow my carrots in a raised bed some 30 inches high and also at ground level where I erect some bamboos and create a square or rectangle and add fleece to stop the CF

I have also used the cane and fleece method for runner beans to protect them from pigeons

They will not drop into an area that they cant see out of in case cats or foxes are around

They never are but they are not the brightest bird on the plot so tend to leave the young bean shoots alone

A fleece screen also has the potential to reduce wind and increase productivity by up to 30%

Keep a note of what you do in 2017 / 18 and then repeat next season

Good luck


Posted: 12/05/2017 at 19:49

Thanks all

Help please - Cannot cope with heavy clay soil

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 19:48

Definition of Selfish

(of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.

As we say in Bristol...." Say ne mere "

You could change your husband !!

It might be easier

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