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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

My new lawn

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:24

Me too, but it's the best kind of disease 


Posted: 08/03/2013 at 07:02

Nightgarden, why don't you just add paper and cardboard to your compost without burning? It's a good source of carbon and breaks down easily.

I use compost for top dressing, but also add a small amount into the soil I'm planting in e.g. raised beds. It's great for lots of veg

Another tip for anyone who works in an office where they use printer toners, or if you ever replace a toner in a printer at home. The toners are usually packed in "egg box" type of cardboard. It's a great addition to compost. 

My new lawn

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 06:49

Yes thanks for the cartoon Sue! Does anyone else find it hard to relax in the garden? I find that I sit down to read a book, or have a drink, and then I see a weed or something that needs pruning and 2 hours later .... Do I need help? 



Posted: 06/03/2013 at 07:27

Some good tips here. I'd not thought about leaving the moss for the birds. Ash does keep slugs at bay - I also use coffee grains

Ash in compost is fine as long as  it's well incorporated into the compost

My new lawn

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:19

I would have thought hollow tining a good idea  and add some horticultural sand into the mix if it's heavy clay as the clay will cause water to stand on the top 


Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:13

I've always put bulbs popping up in unexpected places down to squirrels. I planted snowdrops in my back garden for years. They never flourished, but I got them coming up in the front garden where I didn't plant them.

I've now got them growing in the back after planting them in the green rather than bare bulbs


Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:05

I'd also compost moss, but not the ivy. Rhodo leaves if they were green would take a long while to break down. I'd compost them if they were crispy brown - as long as they're not crispy brown due to sickness

Uses for last years grow bags/compost

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 08:02

Normally I put in on the soil as a soil improver, but it's worth a try. Seed compost doesn't have a lot of nutrients so as old compost will be depleted in them it could work in theory. I'll definitely try it for the carrots


Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 06:28

I struggled with growing clematis for years, but now have 4 growing quite happily. What changed was the planting regime. As a general rule they need their roots in shade and head in the sun. I put a stone or brick over the soil.

Here's advice from the British  Clematis Society



Posted: 14/02/2013 at 22:31

Water does work. I used a spray to train my cats not to do stuff I didn't want them to do. Can't really deter them from pooing in my garden as they'd go in someone else's which wouldn't be fair. I do keep them off my raised beds though with a combination of fleece, string and old CDs - helps to keep the birds and squirrels off too.

My daughter bought a high velocity water pistol to keep two stray cats out of her garden. After a few soakings they got the message!

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