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Compacted clay soil

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 18:15

Sooz5, you will have to break up that clay somehow.  Your grass seed will germinate and grow away well if you don't but the roots will eventually dry out in the summer.

how big an area is it?  I would try digging it even for a further 15 cm and incorporate those discarded chippings then add your top soil thus giving you 30 cm of soil depth. 

A rotavator will not be enough I think .   


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 18:03

The mind boggles Lou 

Tulips - is it too late to plant?

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 15:21

Try anyway Elizabeth.  Nothing to lose.  They are unlikely to flower and they are not reliably perennial either.

i would pot them up, feed them and keep them for planting out in October.  

Reclaimed chimney pot

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:31

Folks are still over thinking this.   Paul, you have it spot on   Your experience echoes my own 

peach tree

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:28

Should be fine Alex.  How does it compare in size relative to your tree? Don't put a small plant into too big a pot...better to pot small and pot on 


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:26

Beautiful, beautiful day.  

Hosta, not being able to sleep is a pain.  I have endured times of this in the past during difficult times and it can develop into a habit.  Thinking about it, using tricks to make you sleep etc., only stimulate the no sleep default. going for a run in the middle of the night also backfired....just woke me up to feel more tired next day.

it will sort itself Hosta, eventually 

Runny, best wishes for poorly son. 

Pots and Containers

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:16

Liz, don't be guided by anything deemed not to be "posh".  The aesthetic quality of many pots and containers now is pretty good.  There are advantages too...lightweight, can hold on to moisture better (for summer stuff) and you can buy more for your money.  

compare the cheapos available...feel the weight and consider the robustness of them. Some are rubbish.   Some are good.  They look similar to genuine terracotta pots too esp when planted up.  They will last a few years...5 or more.  When they break up you can easily replace them. 

Avoid those containers that narrow near the top ...they can be unstable in strong winds.

I have old chimney pots and old enamel sinks I have turned into stone troughs and these are excellent.  I have a few terracotta and several plastic.  I hate those white plastic ones and many metal ones are over priced and of poor quality.  Not too keen on painting them except for chimney pots which are of a subdued grey/stone colour.  Unless you have a very special container don't draw attention to it....few people notice containers's the plants we notice 


Posted: 23/02/2016 at 08:50

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOU .  Have a great day 

Iron sulphate.

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 08:20

Yes, it will harm plants so concentrate only on the grass.  Don't think overspill onto surrounding soil is a problem at all.  

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 08:14

Still trying to imagine a squiggle 

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