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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 12:37

bought couple bags of farmyard manure but what exactly is it now?  I don't think it is anything to do with horse/cow droppings as it once was.  Looked over the bags and the description is very vague so I think it's just recycled vegetation.(????). Not sure it's as valuable for mulching either 


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 12:33

Pottie, I'm not daft you know.  I'll be wearing  my glasses 

brightening up dressed potted fuschias, perennial heliotropes, cannas, hostas, peaches, and others.  Potted on argyranthemums and aeoniums Schwarzkopf.   

Bought fish blood and bone and farmyard manure (?).  ...cue for a new thread!

Ideas for metal trough

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 12:27

Drill holes and plant alpines.  White, grey or blue gravel as a dressing and it will look superb


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 08:43

Oh.....and those donut seeds 


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 08:35

Hello forkers

colder today.  Overcast.  Hmmmmmm! 

Expect to sow carrots, beetroot, spring onions etc later this week.  Aiming for this Friday at about 9 am. 


Confession Times!

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 08:32

(Thanks for keeping my commissions coming in Dove....).  Love the yellow honka dahlia 

despite my oft  mentioned dislike for roses I have a confession I have ordered a rose for my garden.  For sentimental reasons only,  

Pruning Lonicera/ Berberis

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 00:07

Damon, cut all round the plants.....height, width ..all over.  By summer they will be just as big but bushier.


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:21

Prune every year......I prune mine now and again in late August.  Pittosporums often don't move well, esp if established. (Sounds like pittosporum Tom Thumb)

compost or bark

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 21:24

Bark is perfect for................wood lice, snails, slugs and weevils


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 21:22


how about a choisya for  front?  Sun dance?  Daphne odora is nice looking with great scent but it's unreliable. it's prone to dying suddenly.  Not long lived.

funny, you mentioned sarcoccoca for the back was what I would have suggested. Or the shrubby winter honeysuckle......or a tall fern like dryopteris The King?  

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look wot she did to me........

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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