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Dogs urine making brown spots all over the lawn

Posted: Yesterday at 22:55

I am really interested in what you say, Steve, because I always understood that dogs, like foxes and unlike cats, naturally eat a wide range of foodstuffs, not just meat. Certainly, dogs I have owned have enjoyed carrots, blackberries, cucumber and so on. One of my dogs liked to steal a pasture mix horse feed and bird seed. Domestic dogs don't seem much like their wolf ancestors and I wonder if raw meat supplies all their needs. I don't believe for a minute that it will make much difference to spots on the lawn and agree with Philippa that you have to take the consequences of owning a pet. However, I suspect I like pets rather more than she does...

Germinating seeds on wet paper towels

Posted: Yesterday at 16:41

An old cook book of my Mum's advised boiling cabbage for 20 minutes - yum. If you are sprouting seeds on paper in order to plant them, you never let them grow long enough to get tangled, you plant them as soon as they germinate. The children in primary school still grow cress and beans as Frank remembers. my grandson grew his cress in an eggshell with a face drawn on it so it looks like funny hair.

Germinating seeds on wet paper towels

Posted: Yesterday at 10:07

I was told that parsnips could be difficult to germinate in the ground but that they disliked being disturbed when started in trays so I germinated them on paper towel and planted them the minute they showed signs of life. It worked really well, they are the only vegetable I have ever grown with total success.

Well established ivy and brambles

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 12:27

Enjoy - it looks great! 

Green house problem

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 21:13

Oh dear, that doesn't look good. Are they squishy, too? I would be inclined to throw them away. Next year, dig up the tubers and stand them upside down in a cool, airy place for a couple of weeks to dry. They shouldn't touch eachother. Once dry, gently brush off clumps of mud, cut away any damaged or rotting pieces and store the tubers. Some people wrap them in newspaper; some store them in dry compost and some in dry sand. Then they need to go into a cool, dry place until Spring. I keep mine in the dark but I don't know if this is necessary.


Posted: 10/01/2017 at 21:02

They are lovely, aren't they. Be warned, slugs like them very much, too, and if you don't protect them they won't last five minutes.

Creating a no dig bed on heavy soil

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 14:27

All the comments here show just how challenging gardening can be! The more you know about your soil, the better will be your results. It sounds like your plot has a lot going for it and if you fancy no dig, go for it. It also sounds as if your soil is already quite productive: as Leif2 says, some clay has lots of nutrients and supports plants very well while some is very low in fertility. My clay soil has lumps of chalk and I found my plants looked hungry and miserable until I changed the pH. a bit. Good luck.

Creating a no dig bed on heavy soil

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 10:38

Oh dear, now I sound more virtuous than I am! It's about three quarters of an acre but in those years I have also had to give time to family, employment, other interests as well and battle with shortages of energy, strength and money, so I'm sure I haven't done as much as it sounded. What I should have said is that really poor soil cannot be improved in one or two big goes, no matter how much you add or dig. It needs years of love and attention, mulching, mixing, feeding and tending. No dig may be fine for light loam, especially if you mulch regularly, but I don't believe you can get much out of clay that way.

Creating a no dig bed on heavy soil

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 08:18

I garden on heavy clay that gets waterlogged. I have spent nearly 30 years digging in grit and then manure and my beds and borders now have beautiful loam. I don't have raised beds as such but the planted areas do rise above the grass areas and this reduces some of the problems with waterlogging. If you really do have clay and not just soil with a high clay content, I cannot imagine how a no dig system could succeed.

How early can i sow zinnia seed?

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 08:09

Sarah Raven knows her stuff. You can germinate all sorts of seeds but if you haven't the space in a really warm greenhouse they struggle or die. Those nifty little plug plants can be just the same and should be chosen with care.

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