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Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:55

we have clay soil but grow roses, fuschias, Japanese anenomes, begonia saxifrage, forsythia, buddlia, holly and many bulbs.  I think look at your neighbours gardens and see what thrives then try in yours as they will usually have the same soil.  We have dug in garden compost plus bought to improve the soil and mulch with bark chippings .  our lawn is boggy too but we let the weeds grow in it and don't dtrive for a bowling green effect as we like to attract wild life.  We dug a small pond out of one bit of lawn where it was really bad


Posted: 18/10/2012 at 19:10

Thanks, yes I watered them enough and they are in partial shade.  They have only been in pots about 3 years and the one that flowered had been in the same amount of time and is pot bound!!     I will try taking them out and seeing if roots etc ok and repotting.  thanks


Posted: 18/10/2012 at 18:26

I grow hostas in pots and have about 5.  Only 1 produced flowers this year, the others threw up a few weedy looking leaves and nothing else.  I feed with organic seeweed food and check for snails etc.  Any tips?

Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 19:01

I have water butts that are fed by my down pipes front and back of the house and  a 3rd connected by a hose pipe to one of them which takes the overflow.  I only use ecover which is safe to put on plants to wash dishes and in the Summer I use a plastic bowl to wash up and when cool I use that or siphon in to my watering can to use later.  We are looking at a system to harvest bath water.  I make tea in a pot and put any unused cold tea on roses.  I mulch round plants, and put water retaining gel in pots/baskets. 

My biggest problem is my pond as the water can evaporate quickly and needs topping up.  any ideas there gratefully accepted.

I think people should be banned from filling swimming/paddling pools as last time we had a ban in the South east we had a hose pipe ban but people were still allowed to filll paddling pools-what a waste!

Possible spawn in my pond

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 18:55

could still be frog spawn as it can be mingled in when just laid but is usually in a mass, whilst toad  spawn tends to be in strings so could be that. try looking up images of both types on google images.

Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
I have a pond, a bird bath, a fat ball feeder, a peanut feeder and a seed feeder, plus i put food on the ground. We have quite a few cats but I also get a lot of birds incl woodpeckers, jays, black birds, blue and great tits, geen finches, gold finches, wren, robin, starlings, sparrows, and lately long tailed tits.
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