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Help with identifying shrub

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 11:44


What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 15:37

Well sounds like you need to dig out more earth! Personally I wouldn't bother with adding grit..sounds like too much work and not much value add. Just put in some compost, good quality topsoil or some rotted horse manure.. 

If you dont want to dig out the rest of the garden then half of it will be much better than the rest...but what you gonna do? 

What to do before laying turf?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 15:14

Sound and looks similar to how my 'lawn' was before i dug it all out.. I had maybe 5 skips of rocks, bricks, rubble and glass.

You don't actually need to dig too deep if all your worried about is putting in some turf. 

What i found which worked well on my (heavily compacted and clay) soil was to dig a spade all over, sieve the soil to remove as many large rocks as possible, get rid of all the old turf. Dig in 50lts  of compost per meter sq ground, then rake, rake, rake... keep raking (there is a technique to this) to level level level. Walk all over with your heals.. then rake some more.. keep doing it until it feel slightly compacted and it's free of stones. If you need to remove old soil then bag it up and chuck it out... 

Order your turf only when you're ready to lay it. Lay you turf and give it a very good watering.. keep it watered everyday for the next 6 weeks or so.. 

I didnt put any sharp sand in mine, because like you said.. i read it turns clay to cement..

bush tomatoes

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 10:00

Your friend put 3 tomato plants in the same basket? do you know what variety they are?.. 

I would have though 1 tomato plant will do for each basket as they can get quite big and heavy! Perhaps do 1 basket with toms and add a couple of begonias and basil plants too. 3 toms for 1 basket is too much IMO.


Posted: 02/05/2017 at 12:57

My agapanthus which i have potted up have put on a good amount of green foliage but there isnt a single stem that has come out yet. I put some FBB on them this spring and watered them reasonably well...but still nothing.

Are they supposed to have new stems by now? 

What to do at this time of year?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 16:55

Aha!! Pressure wash the patio! Yes.... I will do that this weekend!.. and then i'll feed the lawn!.. I did some scarifying on the weekend just gone.

What to do at this time of year?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 15:11

@pink lily That is so funny.. I put up some fair lights the other day too. My wife says it looks like someones wedding.. But I quite enjoy them at night!! I also put all lots and lots of seeds. I reckon 1000s of them all over the place.. I hope if only 5% survive and i can prick out the rest then will be a really big show this year. 

@fairygirl. Thanks! I actally have some toms and sunflowers which i'm hardening off right now. I hope to plant them outside over the next couple of week. Yeah,, maybe i'll take a look at some sweet peas!.. Not grown them before.. I am quite keen on getting a obelisk of some sort.. maybe i'll have a go a growing some plants in there...

One job I havnt done is fix my container pond.. .grr!! I dont know what i put it in!... Will share some pics of the garden on the weekend.. Hopefully it'll be nice weather again!..

Are there any bulbs I could order and put in now?!...

You pay your money.........

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:44

actually... i know what my red sprouts are now. I am pretty sure they're lupins!! They died a terrible death last year as I did get chance to water them..But they're sprouting up nicely this year!!

What to do at this time of year?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:40

Hi There..

So i am lost as to what to do now. I keep pottering around my small garden tidying up etc...I put in some clematis the other week and put up some netting for it to climb on this weekend. 

I've sown lots of annuals and put out some strawberries baskets, i planted a euphorbia the other day... 

What else can i do now?...

Shall i order some sweet pea plugs.. or is there anything fun to put in the ground which will look good this summer?... I am so lost.. argh!...

Advice on rose

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:33

Lots of people on here who know much more than me on roses. But it looks like a good specimen to me! You can see all the new and healthy growth. 

You're probably a bit too late to prune it now....theoretically it should have been pruned at the beginning of the month. You may just be able to get away with it if you want too though.

If it were me, i would prune it, and plant it out.. somewhere with good amount of sun! Dig a big hole, fill it with compost, some grit and growmore (fertilizer).. water it well then stick it in. Keep it watered, but not drenched.

The plant does look quite congested, so  when you prune take off all the dead branches first, then the branches which are cross over each other and rubbing against each other. Then you can take a third off each the whole thing. You essentially looking for an open expanse in the bush which allows some airflow.. Dont worry, you can't really over-prune roses as they'll bounce right back!!

I'll let others chime in who know 100x more than me now...

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