Topbird


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A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:07

Sounds like a plan 


Agree your priorities should be cleaning up plants which are just budding followed by anything expensive or particularly precious.


I would also check to make sure no plants (especially shrubs) have had their roots exposed by running water. Any that have - make sure they are secure in the soil so they don't get rocked around by the wind (re heel them in if necessary) and re-cover the roots with soil, compost - whatever is to hand.


Once you're a bit more sorted you can slowly make your way around the rest of the garden cleaning up as you go.

Hardy geraniums - pruning

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 12:16

Geranium phaeum and some of the other early geraniums are the best repeat flowerers. 


I'm not sure which varieties you're trying to describe B3 - the 'rooty' ones? - maybe macrorrhizum or cantabrigiense? I don't get repeat flowering with those.


If you're not sure what you've got I'd cut any soft stem ones back after flowering - at the least you'll get some nice fresh growth. The others often look better for just a little tidy up after flowering.

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 10:37

Morning ladies - some of yesterday's posts moved me deeply.


Karen & Paul - keep on keeping on and walking in your garden


M-U, so pleased to hear scabby-eared Boo is back safe and sound.


The tales of you sleeping with your furry friends both alive and not - been there, done that - can't bear to think of them being alone and frightened.


As for listening to pets breathing.. Harry has always been a bit of a heavy breather (he's a bit asthmatic) and he snores good and loud. For the last few weeks he's been allowed to sleep on the bed competing for decibel ratings with OH. Snore, snore, snore, snore, SNORE - SILENCE. Both the same. Cue me - instantly awake - bolt upright - checking for chests rising and falling. Is it any wonder I'm kn**kered at the moment?


(H is still doing ok BTW)


On a happier note.. I've just had to reset the SKY box thingy. Three things I want to record / watch at 9pm tonight - BBC 1 - Poldark (not a Rossette - but I enjoy it), C4 -The Handmaiden's Tale (not started watching it yet  but I've been told it's a 'must see') , ITV - The Loch - murder, police, Scottish scenery - what's not to like? 


Great TV - might have to crack open a box of Maltesers..


I didn't join the gin fest yesterday because I was swigging real ale at a local Blues Festival. Sunny day, great beer, excellent food, 8 hours of good music - superb day.


I'm on the fence regarding Fever Tree. I really like it as a tonic water and it's my favourite 'adult' soft drink. But I find the flavour too strong in a G&T - like to taste the gin - tonic is only there to make it last longer really Slimline Sscch... for me.


As Trevor is on his best behaviour I too will be cutting the grass.

Last edited: 11 June 2017 10:39:39

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 18:53

Hello Fairy - good to see you


Was said party trying to organise a drinking spree in a brewery?

Topsoil Requirements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:51

That's coming along really well Enchantica


I assume the tree belongs to a neighbour? Have you spoken to them about raising the canopy / reshaping it? Perhaps if you offered to help (or even fully) pay for the work.


We bit the bullet and paid for work to be done on a tree on a neighbour's land. Made a big difference to us - and she would never ever, in a month of Sundays, have paid for it herself 

order query

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:43

Bold, Italic, Underline - Duh - 'course it is 


Gold star and a pint of Adnams Dove


Back to the original poster's query now...


Joyce is right Diane - you need to get in touch by phone with the company concerned to check whether or not they've actually received your order.


Some companies do automated order confirmation - others seem to rely on a human to sit and type it out.


If you don't mind me asking, which company have you ordered from? We might be able to reassure you whether they're a good company but just a bit slow to respond.


Also - have you checked the Junk / Spam box in your emails? First communications from companies sometimes get filtered out and filed in there.

Last edited: 08 June 2017 17:45:29

Resurrected Fifteen

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 16:52

I don't think they've had snow yet either Pansy. That could be fun...

Topsoil Requirements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 16:49

4' = 1.2m


12" = 0.3m


So 1.2 x 1.2 x 0.3 = 0.432 cubic metres per bed


So 2 beds = 0.864 cubic metres


Which is roughly what you've calculated. Gold star for maths


I've found that a tonne of soil can be nearer to 1 cubic metre depending on moisture content .


If you can use surplus soil around the garden or store it for future use I'd buy another tonne in and use any surplus elsewhere.


If all your beds are now full to capacity I'd be tempted to source the largest prepacked bags of soil etc you can find and just buy what you need.


That might be more expensive than a bulk buy but you won't have any waste and you can buy a mix of stuff like farmyard manure, John Innes No 3, topsoil - whatever suits the proposed planting.


Alternatively can you find someone who will deliver a half tonne and then top it up with prepacked material?

order query

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 16:33

What's BIU? 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 16:32

I thought it might be slugs but most articles suggest they are fairly slug and snail resistant so I'm not sure.


Can you post a photo of the damage Ruby? Could it be rabbits? - they're little bu$$ers for eating everything as well.

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