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Moles

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 17:04

It's very effective and very satsifying but not available in the UK.

Go on then Berghill - which king?

Old Herbaceous Border

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 13:05

I agree with Fairygirl.  Lift out the goodies this spring and store them on a plastic sheet soemwhere sheltered while you fork over the border and remove weeds.   Keep your plants moistened to prevent exposed roots drying up while you're working.

You can then add some good garden compost - bought or home made - to enrich the soil and divide and replant your treasures to revitalise them and renew your bed.  Any spares can be potted up and grown on for somewhere else in the garden or swapped with friends and neighbours.

Moles

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 09:58

Course he does.  Cultivated gardens have more worms to eat and easier soil to tunnel.      They're active in my garden at the mo.  Normally it's quiet at this time of year but it's been so warm they're in full tunnelling mode.

I have tried humane traps but never caught one though I have liberated live ones caught when digging up weeds and free dthem in the field and woods across the neighbouring paddock's stream but I've also sorted them with one of these which we can buy in Belgium and France - http://www-be.detaupeur.com/  

Moles not only wreck lawns.  They make collapsible tunnels which are dangerous to find by surpise - sprained ankles, twinged backs.  They also uproot precious plants in borders and can lift slabs and pavers and make them uneven. 

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:54

It's OK with modern inks and paper is very good for balancing the nitrogen and carbon content of your compost heap. 

Which Lutyens bench to buy??

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 12:29

Have a look at this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marlborough-Lutyens-Your-Marlboro-Furniture/dp/B007CJJDY6 which says it needs nominal assembly - job for your husband?

Or this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/LUTYENS-BENCH-1-95m-SUSTAINABLE-PLANTATION/dp/B000LAO2S0/ref=pd_sim_sbs_lp_3 which costs a bit more but comes fully assembled.

Or this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/MONTH-Humber-Lutyens-Bench-Metres/dp/B002HXT8A6/ref=pd_sim_sbs_lp_1 which comes in 5 pièces to bolt togther.

 

 

Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:12

Well, we did dig over our former cow pasture to remove major weeds and then we covered it with black plastic for a year but such is its fertility and its proximity to neighbouring pasture that thistes, nettles, couch grass and creeping buttercup just laughed at us and came back.

They now get nuked or forked out depending on location and surrounding plants but I can guarantee that just a few weeks later there will be nettles and couch grass and creeping buttercup coming back and fresh crops of groundsel and bittercress and dandelions.

It's a constant battle as they grow faster than so called ground cover, weed suppressing perennials.   Makes for a lot of compost though and that goes on the veggie beds and new beds.   We never dig the raised beds.  At best the, ones along the boundary get forked over to remove couch grass before I plant up in spring.

 

Snowdrops have started

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:05

Your snowdrops are looking lovely Berghill.  I've had a clump in flower in a sunny front bed since mid December  but no sign yet of the ones out the back and still in shade but when they do eventually come and then go over, I shall split them into my woodland area and maybe in 10 years time I'll have a display like yours. 

Inspirational.   Thanks.

Clematis

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 15:34

I would pot them on now if you can in deep pots so you can plant them a couple of inches deper than they are in tehse pots.  This encourages them to form extra shoots so more flowers later.

When you do plant them out, put them in 2 to 4 inches deeper again for the same reasons.  Make sure they have  a good rich compost with a good food supply and decent drainage - John Innes no 3 rather than multi purpose.  Keep them fed and watered but not drowning and they'll do you proud once they've got their roots established.

 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 22:50

The moon's phases come round again every month so you can follow what suits your latitude, exposure and températures.  I find this on line site easy to use - http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk/moon_planting.asp

 

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:18

There are plenty of dams already in the UK and also plenty of water but not necessarily close to th egreatest centres of population in the south east.

More thought needs to go into water supply and treatment and sewage and waste disposal when giving planning permission for new housing or industry.  All houses should be metered and have water butts or cisterns to collect rain water for gardens and toilets.  Water companies should be forced to make repairs to reduce water losses through leaks - up to 40% in some areas!

Flood plains should not be built on - it's asking for trouble - and areas like the Somerset levels should have their drainage channels and waterways regularly dredged to reduce flooding near homes and businesses.

None of this is rocket science.  Just common sense and good management.

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