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Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:34

Ging and Apes - they could be Harry and Bert - spitting image (well from that angle anyways)

What's the best way to go about fixing this garden?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:31

Ooops - you posted while I was typing John - happens all the time on here

Personally I'd dig it up, level off with decent top soil and returf it.

What's the best way to go about fixing this garden?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:29

I agree with both MFork and Philippa.

I would want rid of the weeds before they're covering the whole area. You can dig out the dandelions but, personally, I'd cut off the flower heads so they don't set seed and then spray the leaves with a glyphosate based weedkiller (your local garden centre will advise which one). You will need to wait 10 days or so but you will then see the dandelions start to shrivel and die - right down to their roots. Zap any new growth if it appears.

Meantime you can be thinking about how you want to use the garden.

If you would like some help with decisions we need an idea much effort / time / money you can afford as  well as thinking about the points Phillipa has raised.

This is a gardening forum so most of us would probably be itching to fill the space with plants - but we also understand that a Zen garden or astro turf might be a more suitable solution for others. 

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Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:13

LB - that was Harry with Bertie (RIP 2009).

Bertie was a kind and gentle ball of orange fluff who was abandoned by some b$$tard miles from anywhere  on a very busy main road. OH found him wet and miserable in the gutter. Had to lock him in the boot to bring him home because he was so friendly and kept climbing all over him while he was trying to drive.

He enjoyed helping in the garden and knew the warmest spots...

Lily's brother was a handsome devil

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Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:40

All my cats have always made it clear that benches are for sitting on - by cats that is - no room for staff - aka mummy and daddy 

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Posted: 02/04/2017 at 10:05


Great night's sleep - what a difference it makes

Haven't watched Beechgrove for a while - find it hard to warm to the presenters somehow (Chris B excepted of course). Perhaps I'll give it another go this morning.

Not feeling too sore after yesterday's exertions but I think it may be wise to hold back on too much physical work today - I'm reasonably on schedule with the garden and with no rain forecast over the next week  I can pick and choose when to do the heavy jobs.

Might browse some clematis this morning ...

Time for toast and coffee now Enjoy your day everyone.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 09:03


Forgot to post on here yesterday - thought it was strange that I wasn't getting any Forkers notifications.

The flooding looks dreadful Pat - glad you and yours are not affected.

Fairy - has anyone claimed the bra the stag was wearing? It's quite pink isn't it - mine are all boring white, black and nude. We had a very enjoyable holiday in a cottage in Applecross some years ago. It was during the rutting season. The stags still come down to the village - and having a pair of them bellowing outside your bedroom window is a shock to the system.

Lovely day here but I'm a bit sore after another full days digging. Will find few indoor tasks this morning & perhaps some lighter outdoor ones this afternoon.

Enjoy Sunday

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Posted: 01/04/2017 at 19:03

Plants don't really have a gender in my garden. They're either bu$$ers or beauties depending on whether or not they're giving me grief at the time

Another digging day today - back, arm and hand all aching now - might have to give it a rest tomorrow. At least all the old beds are now mulched and the new bed has been dug over once and lots of flints, bricks and great clods of yellow clay removed. Half the new bed has had compost dug in - but I've run out so need to get hold of some more - quite a lot more judging by the lack of worms

M-U - thanks for asking about Harry. He's a bit up and down, but seems happy enough most of the time - enjoying lots of fuss and gourmet cat food

Chicken satay for tea - yummmmeee - but not very good for us. Got to die of something... Which reminds me - it's G&T time

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Posted: 01/04/2017 at 08:55

Morning - white rabbits and all that

What were you all doing at 1am? Enjoying sweet dreams? or reading a good book? maybe a late movie? I was clearing up cat vomit - good old Dr beckmanns to the rescue. Needless to say I was in the wide awake club for a bit after that.

Nice day at the moment. Still trying to think of a little 'jest' for OH for when he gets home.

Planting multiple viburnums to look like one big shrub?

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 16:37

This particular shrub is sold by some companies as a hedging plant so I guess you could plant them closely together.

However, I agree with Obx that it would probably be a mistake to put 3 or 4 Vib Tinus in that spot.

I've not grown Eve Price so I don't know how large or how fast it grows - but it sounds as though you know the plant well.

If you know that a single Eve Price would eventually fill the space I would plant one and nurture it.

If you know that 2 Eve Price would probably fill the space better and more completely you should go for that option. The Vib Tinuses (variety unknown) inherited in both my last 2 gardens responded really well to being cut hard back. If you do plant 2 and they become a bit big for the space they probably won't mind a hard prune each spring to keep them a bit smaller.

In the meantime - if you need some additional screening now - you could consider putting in a couple of garden obelisks with clematis growing through them. This would give an instant sense of height and separation. The clematis won't be evergreen but you would have the structure of the obelisks year round. You may need to dig the clematis out in a few years time. The obelisks can be moved elsewhere in the garden when you no longer need them.

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