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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 07:30

Morning folks 

dry, no wind and sunny.  Looking v good 


Help choosing plants for alpine garden

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 21:50

Paddy, think it will look odd as an assortment of alpines there but if you take this route research their individual requirements.  They can also look very flat so look to vary height as well as texture ( festucas can ring the changes for example ) 

Not a gardening question but..........

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 21:45

You could get a Joe Blogs laptop and stick an apple label on it ................

I'll get my coat 

Beginners soil question

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 21:41

An old guy years ago convinced me to add vinegar and salt when watering tomatoes. Took me a while to realise he was kidding me .  He grew fantastic toms ......very little foliage and masses of large tomatoes. 

Dave is right, as usual . I think we do over complicate growing plants to their detriment.  We overfeed too making plants too soft and lush....perfecf for pest and disease 

I seem now to have the knack of growing decent toms....good healthy tasty bumper crops.  

Saving my muddy lawn

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 19:29

Sounds good cotty 

Two plant ID's

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:14

Jekyl, I womder if you have a reverted dark green shoot/plant?

or, it has been growing in a dark shady spot?

Robins holding up business

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:12

Yes,,they are certainly messy 

Robins holding up business

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:07

went to use my secateurs kept in toolshed.  A birdsnest has been built over them.  

Ah well! I have another pair of secateurs but not happy with these squatters.  

The young usually emerge to perch on the beams....tatty looking but wonderful.  And they tend to accompany me in early spring when working in nearby veg patch....luverly 

birds nesting with you guys anywhere? 

Saving my muddy lawn

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:00

Cotty,,no magical solution I'm afraid. 

when wet and muddy can't you keep your dogs off the grass?

i would over seed with dwarf rye....tough everyday use mixture....and don't cut too short.

I used to keep a friend's lawn...well, grass really.....cut high and it always remained green.  Over past year a muppet who now cuts it has done so by scalping it.  The result is mud and very weak grass.

why do so many cut their grass too short?  They believe it means less mowing but it also means poor quality grass 

How to prevent clematis from wilting

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 16:53

Clematis wilt is certainly something to be wary about......I plant deep.  And mulch well. My feeling is that planted deep it will be protected below soil level.

agree though that snails are often the culprits.....snails and walls and climbers = snail damage. 

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