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Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 23:33

Thank you for your pm replies jo47 and also thanks to Fishy65 for your added input. As soon as I am in our new house I'll be back to exchange some garden niceties. Meantime I shall get back to potting up bits and pieces out of my current garden to take with me. Do love plants.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:41

Can someone explain this PM ing you guys keep in touch with for swapping seeds. I will have moved house by the end of this year and will be faced with starting a garden from scratch.

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:17

If you look in your local supermarket in the sugar section, you ought to be able to find sugar with pectin added. Great for fruits with naturally low pectin levels. May help with your next attempt.

Using soil riddled with ivy

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 14:30

I guess you have sorted this by now. My garden is heavy clay. I improved by digging in 50/50 sand and humus in huge amounts. In a hole that needed soil building up I used Under Lawn Care they provide a Renovation Mix (50/50 loam and sand) screened to 4mm. I mixed with equal parts humus and its proving a great little garden. Do avoid builders sand as the grains are too small (will make compaction worse) and will stain clothing. Building supplies often add builders lime to their supplies which also needs avoiding. I believe Silver Sand or Sharp Sand are the qualities to aim for, although my experience with Sharp Sand left the surface of the soil very gritty after a season or two.

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 11:26

I've had great success with SBK brushwood killer. I prefer to spray in spring when the new leaf has emerged, having left the long stems to give me plenty of leaf to treat. This product will kill anything green it touches and also remain on the ground surface for about six weeks killing any seedlings that emerge. With this in mind I lay the bramble stems on cardboard, placed on the ground, to protect the grass and use boards/more cardboard upright to protect the plants. Choose a day with no wind to cause spray to drift where you don't want it and spray as much leaf and stem as is available on the cardboard. It will take weeks to show signs of having worked but it does kill the roots of the stems it touches.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 10:01

If you use engineering bricks (bit pricey though) they won't crumble as do house bricks when placed long term against damp soil.

All I want for Christmas is...

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 09:38

I'll join Flowering Rose with the bigger garden and paddock. Can I include some serious cat housing, my style is a real home from home with links back to my pad. Oh, for the money to develop a very large garden and lots of personal time and good health to spend doing it. Polytunnels and greenhousing a must. Guess for this year I'll just settle for a riddle that sits over a wheelbarrow.

Talkback: Winter aconites

Posted: 11/03/2012 at 23:19

Have you considered earwigs Flora May? They munch after dusk and hide during the day.

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 11/03/2012 at 21:39
Will I kill cleaver by hoeing or digging in?
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