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Poor soil after conifers

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 15:44

Agree with the others that eventually the soil will start to come right if you keep adding stuff.

How large an area are we talking about here? To be honest - if it's relatively small - I might be tempted to hire a mini digger and take out the top 10 - 12" and import a load of good topsoil. If you then work on further improving that you should see results quite quickly.

If it's a larger area (or you don't want / can't afford to remove the existing soil) then keep adding stuff - but lots and lots of it. No point in putting down a 4" layer - you want a good 6 - 8" - then dig or rotavate it in - then add more. 

You sound as though you've got it right in the back garden. The results may also be more obvious there if it's damper / shadier than the front. Some soil is 'hungry soil' and will need constant improvement - but it does get easier each season.

Good luck - I've been there - still working on it - but 5 years on I'm starting to get there

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Posted: 19/06/2017 at 16:18

Afternoon - cooler today - only 33C in the shade...phew!

I thought the year was whizzing by - I've just picked (and eaten) my first AUTUMN fruiting raspberry - and very nice it was too. Others not far behind so not a one off. Will need to get on with planting spring bulbs soon

We haven't gone to the coast today. OH broke down on his way home from Yorkshire and transporting a motorbike and it's rider home from Doncaster to Suffolk on a Sunday night is easier said than done. We finally got to bed at 1.30am. The only thing working on the bike was the alarm - going all the way home - wouldn't switch off. The arrival of a large breakdown truck in our tiny quiet country lane at 1am with a beeping bike on the back meant all the neighbours got to share our woes. They have all been very kind...

Next task is to get it to the garage...

Hope you feel better soon Pansy - if you've also got the trots it sounds a lot like norovirus. Miserable at anytime of year - but especially in the summer. Lots of bleach / disinfectant wipes in the bathroom or everyone will have it 

Made a frittata for lunch tomorrow and will boil some Jersey Royals for tonight - that's the extent of my cooking when it's like this. 

Hope Joyce is getting on ok and hope the Rossettes enjoyed last night.

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Posted: 18/06/2017 at 18:03

Munstead Wood is a gorgeous rose

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Posted: 18/06/2017 at 16:30

Thinking of you and your OH Joyce - expect it's horribly hot & stuffy in the hospital. Over 33C in the shade here now - I want to join Mr PF in the pond as well - could get crowded in there. Have you thought of opening a lido Pansy?

OH has promised we can head to the coast tomorrow for ice cream, crab and a cool sea breeze - bliss. He also wants to do a bike ride - but only a very short one (and not through The Peak District) - and a pint of Adnams will probably feature somewhere along the route.

I always thought cats were highly intelligent. Why has it taken Harry all day to realise that it's cooler inside the house on a tiled floor than outside with his bum sticking out in the sun? - eejit.

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Posted: 18/06/2017 at 14:18

Enjoy the wine gums PP

Neither of my parents are with us anymore but I can't eat a sugared almond without thinking of my dad or a piece of peanut brittle without thinking of my mum. Don't often see peanut brittle - sometimes in those old fashioned style sweetie shops selling loose sweets. Whenever I do see it I have to buy it

She also loved liquorice torpedoes  - probably bought them because they were safe from thieving little fingers

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Posted: 18/06/2017 at 12:12

Lants -  - and friends wonder why I'm not too keen when their dogs slobber all over me...

30C in the shade just now - I'm slowly melting. Got a few jobs done but too hot to do anything else for a few hours - I can feel a little siesta coming on

Apparently mother-in-law (aged 82) is cooking up a full Sunday roast for 8 of them at the moment - can't keep a good Yorkshire lass down

Imagine a lot of dads will be enjoying BBQs today, but I hope Karen and Paul's is the best of the lot. Also hope Paul and his brother have recovered from Friday night 

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Posted: 18/06/2017 at 08:41

Morning Lants

Yup - gonna bath the cat 

It's only a blanket bath with a wet flannel and baby wipes but he loves it - especially the brushing to fluff up his fur afterwards. He's been struggling to keep himself as clean as he would like because of his poorly tongue and went really down hill for a bit  - but he's really perked up again now he's all spruce and dapper

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Posted: 18/06/2017 at 08:29


Low of 19C in the wee hours - 23C in the shade just now - and the cat wanted to snuggle and be a furry hot water bottle all night - bless

Once I've had a tidy round, bathed the cat and watered some pots I think I will be mostly lazing. Very tempted to nip to 'sco and buy a kiddies paddling pool to lie in. 

Ice lollies will be eaten....

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Posted: 17/06/2017 at 21:18

Hmm - 9.15pm and it's still 26C. Think it might be a bit of a tossy turny sort of a night. Hope the cat doesn't snore as well (he will - and loudly )

OH has arrived safely in Yorkshire> IN-laws now live not too far from Selby M-U - but the family originally hail from Castleford - literally across the road from Spend, Spend, Spend Viv Nicholson, if you remember her

Edited to add: You snuck in there Pansy. I read that as Erotica bike ride - must be the heat

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Posted: 17/06/2017 at 18:27

Phew! - it's HOT - 29.6C in the shade at the moment - definitely ice lolly weather.

It was a bit too hot for cycling round the village and visiting gardens - but I'm glad we made the effort. Saw some excellent planting but everybody was struggling with stuff going over etc because the soil is so dry (despite some rain recently) and we've had some rather windy weather. What a relief - thought it was me getting it all wrong again!

Some lovely quirky things to see too - tried to post a picture of my favourite but the gremlins won't let me so I'll save it and show you when the site is fixed (little tease)

OH has now departed for Yorkshire to go see his dad for Father's Day. We couldn't think of anything to buy him and I reckoned that (at 87) he'd much prefer a visit from his son than a tacky present. He's gone on his motorbike . I shall be worried sick about him for the next 3 hours.

Joyce - sorry to hear it's taking a while to sort things out for your OH - but nice that he recognised your daughter in spite of all that he's going through

Debs - I was only asking if you oiled Trevor's shell because it looked so lovely and shiny and I think they used to oil Freda's shell on Blue Peter. A bit of an internet searching suggests a shiny shell is a sign of a really healthy tortoise - but the jury is definitely out as to whether or not oiling the shell is a good idea. As you said - he's not a body builder and he looks well fit  on his current regime. I'm sure he'll let you know if he ever wants slathering in shell conditioner after his bath 

I'm going to flollolop in the shade now - too hot to eat just yet - may need to take something long and cool with me...

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