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Trench of compost

Posted: Yesterday at 22:25

Soil is made up of all sorts of stuff. There is decomposed organic material, bits of sand and stones, trace elements, minerals, and so on. Your compost will mix in with all of this and help to improve its structure so it won't change in itself, just become incorporated.


Posted: 16/11/2017 at 11:47

Not necessarily. The flowers may be about to come up. If your leaves are fully grown, the flowers are unlikely to appear but if they are only a few inches, all may be well. There isn't much you can do but wait and see.

Greenhouse Pests

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 19:23

What about those sticky bits of card that you hang up? Do they work? You would need to encourage the little beasts to take flight but that isn't difficult.


Posted: 13/11/2017 at 17:03

If it's coming into full leaf now, with no flowers, I would ditch it, but otherwise I would take Dove's approach. When they grow naturally, the leaves sometimes come up before the flower - not like the prepared ones in the shops - so check carefully!

Plants from seed

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 23:21

Some will disappear but some, like cerinthe, will continue to grow. Some will shoot earlier in Spring so don't assume the late starters are dead, they are just biding their time!

Feeding the birds

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 23:14

Nothing. Some feeders are designed to reduce mess but birds always scatter some around. The truth is that we are very selective in our love of wildlife: we like pretty, harmless things but rats and slugs and greenfly are no more or less wild than birds and hedgehogs. If you put out the food, they will come. However, they are never far away, anyway, so the occasional glimpse need not worry you overmuch.

How should I overwinter it?

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 22:42

Key issue is soil type. If you have heavy clay you are best to lift them, regardless of temperature, because they rot in the wet. Slugs love clay and will munch up every bit of surviving growth before you see any sign of it. Lifting isn't difficult so don't be put off.

Cyclamen seed

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 20:23

I have some hardy cyclamen and they seed themselves very freely so I guess they can cope with the weather.

Laying a new lawn on a mess of a garden

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 22:41

Well, that's a plan. I'm not very keen on weedkillers, so I would remove the top surface and stack the turf grass side down in an out of the way spot to rot down. It's not good to rotavate  grass and weeds unless they are dead because many of the roots will regrow. Whichever you do you will need to spend time making the soil level before you turf it. There are lots of videos online showing you how to do this. Good luck.

Laying a new lawn on a mess of a garden

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 11:56

Before you start on the lawn, give some thought to how you want your garden to be when you finish. You may want flower beds, a veg area, a patio, somewhere for the kids to play, a shed.... It will be no good trying to do all that if you have to walk over or even dig up your perfect lawn! Take your time, think and plan and look at other gardens, talk to the family and just make haste slowly!

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