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Posted: 29/08/2015 at 18:13

Lily,........strictly the reference to mushroom compost was a joke but no matter. 

it all depends on its quality.

i have had many lorry loads of it direct from the (now extinct) farms and they have been excellent.  Used in autumn though.......the rain over winter will wash out any possible nasties to leave a friable highly productive mulch.  Come the spring I cultivate this into the top soil to create an escellent tilth.  no weeds for me Lily.  I apply 6" or so over veg patch, fruit and ornamental areas

Rescuing soil after years of membrane and stones?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 18:05

Raised beds are great for places that get overly wet, esp in winter or where an area is wanted for raising plants needing sharp drainage.....I will be planting an alpine bed soon but here simply mounding soil is sufficient.  A mound is aesthetically more pleasing, more natural looking than a square made from timber/whatever to house another (artitifical) flat bed.

a friend is pestering me for a raised bed...she has had her head turned by the hype of it all.  A lot of unnecessary work and expense that will leave her no better off

It's just that increasingly people think raised beds is the solution for all sorts of issues.....thinking they can raise super crops this way.  Raised beds dry out very fast.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 17:55

I resemble those remarks 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 17:52

Lawns cut,,heleniums deadheaded, salvia patens deadheaded.

salvia uliginosa now looking good

canna tropicacanna black has surprised me. From small tuber in spring it has grown almost 6' and about to flower.  It was planted with a view it would be 2 or 3' in its first year.  It will be moved to a better location in autumn......expecting great things from this plant next summer.  The leaves of Tropicanna Black are the best yet on my cannas....lustrous,,shiny, very large and almost black.  Will now look to obtain Tropicanna Gold

forget the bananas....why grow those easily wind- torn uglies when you can grow cannas?


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 17:01

'Fraid so Fairy........been like it all day. prob lack of donuts 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:46

sssh RB ..... Hee hee hee 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:45

Hee hee RB 

Pulmonaria 'Roy Davidson' dying?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:40

Dont worry shellsw. I think it 's just the time of year.......autumn. 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 13:31



Posted: 29/08/2015 at 13:17

I was pretty good athlete......don't want to sound big headed but I would have beaten him. 

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