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Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:45

Rain is good for nematodes Andy.  It will wash them into the soil so worry not 

Ants in the lawn

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:38

Sorry to hear that quaffer.

did you apply nematodes early enough last year?  Hopefully someone with a similar problem has found a solution. 

Advice about the lawn

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:23

If you want to start again Dave aim for September ideally.  it does look lumpy and the grass looks weedy and, as you say, it grows in clumps.

 However, if you got on with it....turned it over, levelled and firmed it and sowed seed no later than the end of April it would look good by early summer.   that grass area will never be right unless you address the levels.  the time spent faffing (is that really a word?) about with hollows and bumps would be better spent doing the job properly.  Get some decent grass in and a level will be mighty glad you did later in the year 

Ants in the lawn

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:07

No expert on ants but are red ants attracted to dry conditions?  They seem to be 

is your lawn dry or mown very closely? 

I have used nematodes for a friend of mine.  She has to have her grass cut low parts are almost scalped.  She has ants nests there.  the nemwtodes seemed to work but it is an annual thing.  I feel the most important deterrent is raising the cut when mowing.  Creates a damper environment I think  quaffer.  


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 16:00

Not trimmed too much I hope witch.   

no, dont feed yet but pot on one size bigger.....there will be some food in the new compost.  

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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 15:57

Well the sun came out.  I did the final prep on veg patch...just fell short of sowing carrots, beetroot, spring onions, peas etc.  Another week and I will 


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 15:54

KT 53.....happy belated birthday.   

It is important because you are a unique person.  Big yourself up like the rest of us do . A very special day 

Alpines online

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 14:01

Google a few nurseries Jessisinthegarden. 

I will have a look too

usually alpines need full sun but there will be those to suit your conditions.

at least now you know not to plant those "alpines" you first described in a belfast sink ....would have been overgrown in just a few weeks 

Alpines online

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 13:28


with the exception of hepatica perhaps, none of the plants you mentioned are suitable for a trough....they are vigorous to very vigorous plants.

you need to research what alpines you want......loads of little gems, little cushions..   the TRUE alpines.  Some like alkaline conditions, some like acid conditions.  Some need perfect drainage ....viz., rapid water run off.  The grit too is important to consider...limestone, for example, would be fatal for any acid lovers

I havent grown true alpines for a few years now so where you can get them now I am not sure of.  There are specialist nurseries on line.  I grew them in largish stone troughs. 

Get a catalogue or two or visit online catalogues and select a few for compatability and colour.  

I once called on someone who grew alpines in 3 greenhouses......wonderful.  The perfect conditions for alpines free from too much rain.  It is the wet that alpines struggle with 

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Forsythia Rescue

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 13:13

A couple of things you can do DYL 

after flowering cut out the flowered stems...cut to where new shoots are emerging

take out the old branch to ground level

loosen the soil lightly, apply a granular fertiliser and then apply a thick can make your own by mixing mpc and dried manure. 

So, every year thereafter prune out flowered stems etc as already described 

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