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clay problems

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 14:50

you would need to break up the clay by adding organic matter (like loam) and drainage (like gravel or sharp sand)

easiest way to do it would be to dig it over, mixing in the gravel and sand as you go, top dress with loam or topsoil and turf on top of that. at this time of year breaking up the clay into big chunks and spreading the gravel/sand over the top and letting winter break the big lumps up for you might be easiest way to go about it, then lay your turf in the spring.

if its realty solid clay think about adding some land drains to help drain the water away from the turf.


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 12:23

then you are open to a world of possibilities, I would research bog and marginal plants and plant it up as a marsh border.

You could even dig slight holllows and make small mounds (30cm deep and high max) to give you a bit more variation of what you can plant

Poorly dwarf apple tree

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 12:11

might not be a dwarf, it might just be young.

What size it the main trunk at ground level? if its less than an a inch across it might be someone's old apple core that's grown.


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 11:58

if its a boggy area research bog or marginal plants, does it get direct sunlight at any pint as that will limit what you can grow if its dark and wet.

coppicing the hazels

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 11:46

for hazel I use a five year rotation for beanpoles and seven year rotation for hazel for fencing hurdles

New Allotmemt- help with designing needed

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 15:56

no dig gardening , still involves a lot of barrowing of organic material but better than digging!

stormy weather

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 15:50

looks like its the South's turn this week - Storm Barney (gotta love these new Met office names, i'm just waiting for storm Nigel! lol so very British)

expect news reports of Armageddon and rioting in the streets after a few fences blow down!

Aloe vera problem

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 15:45

it may well have heart rot due to too much water, they're a semi-desert plant (growing in REALLY well draining soil) so they like no water at all between October and March and then a totally soak and leave to dry out totally regime over the summer when they grow.

If it has got heart rot then you'll have to chop all the leaves of and hope it regrows from the stem.

Aloes in general thrive on neglect, keep them frost free and they'll do fine.

boring gardening jobs

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 08:43

thunder during a snow storm is called thundersnow, its actually statically charged so if you rub the snow into you hair and you're wearing wellies your hair slightly stands on end!

It also means that it contains an awful lot of snow. last time we had thundersnow here on Teesside was 2010 and we had nearly 14 inches overnight! needless to say I did not go to work the next day and neither did the majority of people on Teesside!

Draining a pond

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 10:02

do you have a pond pump? if so attach some hose to it and run the pump, it should bail the pond out effectively and you get the nutrient rich water to put on your plants.

If no pump, is your pond higher than any point in your garden? if so, hose into the pond run it to the low point (or drain) and drain it that way.

if neither is possible, its a bucket and backache.

refill from water butts if you can

alternatively get a pond vacuum and do the shelves and bottom without emptying the pond much

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