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Posted: 16/06/2015 at 09:50

Was it this offer?


Vegetables growing really slowly

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 09:59

Thanks for the advice - I'm already storing up the compost ready for the autumn! I know that it must be at least partly due to the soil because my existing vegetable bed has also been extended at one side with this soil and I have a row of spinach beet growing across the bed. The seedlings in the new topsoil are tiny compared to the ones at the other end. I was so thrilled to have beautiful, new, crumbly topsoil that I never thought that it might need compost adding.

Good intentions ...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 09:36

I'm an ex engineer so have plenty of spreadsheets and plans including one which lists all the tasks I should do in the garden each month. But do I remember to check it? No - far too busy in the garden!

Vegetables growing really slowly

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 09:33

I had some landscaping done in the spring and a new part of my vegetable bed was created and filled with new topsoil. I sowed carrots, chard and turnips there and they germinated beautifully with a lovely row of tiny seedlings. But this was weeks ago and they haven't got much bigger and now I've realised that I should have improved the topsoil, which is very sandy, before sowing. Is there anything I can add now to rescue these seedlings and what would be the best thing?

CORRECT name for this weed killer please?

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 17:57

Like Firecracker I use Verdone for spot weeding on dandelions. The daisies I leave though because how would any visiting children be able to make daisy chains otherwise?

New Magnolia looks dead after 4 weeks

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 09:56

Hi Bavbulbs. You don't have rabbits in your garden do you? Apparently they love magnolia leaves. I don't have a magnolia but was very upset to find that rabbits had eaten all the leaves off my newly planted roses. If rabbits are the culprit then you could protect the magnolia with a ring of wire mesh until it becomes established.

Ants Nests

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 09:24

I found that ant nematodes worked very well for the ant nests in my lawn a few years back. I've given up using them now though because I missed the green woodpeckers!


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 09:35

I find that my established perennials cope ok with a bit of slug nibbling and I protect anything newly planted with copper rings which seem to keep the slugs and snails (which are actually far worse than slugs in my garden) at bay.

Organic weedkiller?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 18:38

And according to Wikipedia:

Acetic acid, systematically named ethanoic acid, is an organic compound with the chemical formula CH???COOH.

From what I remember of my chemistry an organic compound is any molecule which contains carbon so it would include a lot of things. I suspect "organic" gardening means something completely different.

Anyone seen any ladybirds?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 11:27

Are ladybirds like over-wintering butterflies in that the hibernated adults mate and then die so at the moment we are waiting for the new generation to emerge? I usually find that I have quite a lot of aphids at this time of year but the ladybirds get the better of them later on.

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Vegetables growing really slowly

Not enough nutrients in the topsoil? 
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I'm so envious of you all!

One day my vegetable garden will be ready.... 
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Identification Help Please

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Can I eat chervil roots?

Surprise from digging up my salad leaves! 
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ID and help please

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BBQ Fodder?

This morning's visitors to my garden 
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Impatiens question

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Growing mistletoe

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Can I prune a juniper bush?

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How can I get frogs to use my pond?

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Putting paper in the compost

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