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Digging in the Wet

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 13:37
Gary Hobson wrote (see)

Stepping on the soil, even in dry weather, tends to compact the soil, and force air out of the gaps between the soil particles.

This is one of the main benefits of raised beds - they define a boundary to the growing area, and deter people from walking on the soil.

If you step on the soil when the soil is wet, this compacts the soil even more than it does in dry weather.

Some people use to plank to stand on when doing any cultivation, as this spreads the weight of the gardener over the entire area of the plank, and so reduces the pressure, and the compaction.

If you dig methodically though, will one not dig the area one has just been standing on?

Would that not immediately undo any compaction caused?

Digging in the Wet

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 11:35

While digging in the wet is often extremely muddy and heavy work, does it harm the soil at all?

Is there any sound reason, besides the difficulty, not to do it?


Posted: 01/08/2012 at 16:36
billy nomates wrote (see)

I did look on the internet and they say to pinch out the dead but this didnt help the whole plant stem came out thats not good is it :/

When you say that, I assume you mean that the whole stem came away when you tried to pull of the dead buds?

Regardless, perhaps the problem is the damp weather we've been having? Perhpas they are not happy sitting in a damp soil and the stems are dying as a result?

Just a guess...

Can anybody tell us what these flowers are

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:35

Common-or-garden daisies have different foliage. See here:

My best guess is Erigeron karvinskianus.  See it here:

Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:11


According to the information I can find, the plants should still produce nectar.

The nectar producing parts of the flower, (called "Nectaries") are seperate from the sexual parts of the plant and situated deeper in the flower.

Therefore, despite the plant's sterility, it should still produce nectar and be just as beneficial for wildlife as many of your plants.

Although, I do agree with Gary. They are not likely to be as pollinator-friendly as the native foxglove.

Hope this helps

Why the Gap?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:07

"the tasks are not as relevant" ?

Surely there are no garden tasks that must be done on, for example, the 33rd week of the year. As we all know, plants have no knowledge of the calendar. Thus, almost all garden tasks that I am aware of have a seasonal time requirement.

In conclusion, why would it matter that the recommended tasks are a week later?

Hedgecutting - When allowed?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:00

I like Alina W's practical advice.

Presumably such action would count as one's "due diligence" and would provide legal protection if an unnoticed nest was damaged accidentally.

Hedgecutting - When allowed?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 15:33

According to this publication from Natural England,

hedges shouldn't be cut from 1st March - 31st July - the bird breeding season.

Apparently it is an offence to damage a nest while it is in use or under construction.

Does this mean that is irresponisble of us to, for example, lightly trim our box hedges during this time? Should all hedge cutting, however minor, be avoided during this time?

Many thanks to you all in advance.

A few random questions :)

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 18:31

Spuds - start digging as far away from the plant as you can and gradually creep closer, removing spuds as you go.

Beans/Peas - I'm having the same problem. In my case, late planting + bad weather. Just keep perservering and hope for the best. Vigilance is the key to slug control, as with all pests. (P.S. Some extra sowings may be in order - if you have any spare seed.)

Lavender Collapse - Can it be saved?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 18:26

Thanks for all the suggestions. Perhaps I shall take cuttings from some and hack into the wood of one or two (just to please you, Bookertoo ) and see what happens.

Was very interested to learn that Lavendar is shortlived. Will bear that in mind for future plantings.

Many thanks

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