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Enough is enough

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:43

Oh dear!  Not  you too fidget 

it is not fair is it?  Me bathing...nay the sun and you getting wet 

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Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:40


I have stocks and wallflowers growing in veg patch to plant out later.  I remove all flowers until they have made large plants then they flower from late autumn to spring 

Last edited: 30 September 2016 15:41:01

Wet lawn- any tips?

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:37

Helen, I have a spot for my dog and any other dog visiting here... " up the top" meant the dogs would do their poo there.  Can you allocate a small green spot somewhere discreetly out of sight? 

Enough is enough

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:32 got hailstones?  Dearie, dearie me   If I could swap the lovely, warm, dry sunny, quiet, wonderful, gorgeous weather here for yours then I would.........










would not   Tee hee hee

Planting a holly bush

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 12:28


the "ice method".......not for me 

sliding to the edge of the hole, etc makes sense so do it that way.  Make sure roots are loosened and teased out.   This is essential  

 Pluses?  It will make an immediste impact . You seem to be doing all the right things, viz., a generous hole, plenty of compost and pipes for water.

despite the pipes you still need to soak the area after planting and keep the tree moist for the next 12 months.  A good thick mulch after planting too 

enjoy your holly 

Enough is enough

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 12:16


I enjoy the new hour long GW.  

I think it has changed a little and has become "comfortable".  The dogs, I agree, are not gardening but they make for a relaxed relationship between GW and the viewers.

I may watch GW tonight or watch fhe recording...whichever, I look forward to it 

Wet lawn- any tips?

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 12:09

Helen, you will need to address the drainage issue there...a new lawn will simply replicate what you already have.

lawns make a garden as far as I am concerned but perhaps you should consider growing plants there instead.  There are many things you can grow in damp, sunless areas to give you flower, foliage and interest all year round 

New Purchase conflicting advice

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 08:55

Morning Milly and welcome 

acid soil is best for your acer but neutral is fine.  Increasingly, I am doubting some of the advice on the internet;  conflicting advice is confusing 

for a pot I would use a john innes soil based ericaceous soil

i would not use a liquid feed ..I prefer to use an organic granular feed like fish blood and bone in spring.

a good well balanced container wide at top as bottom help with stability.

shelter from coldest winds and draughts is important esp in spring when new growth is starting. 

Last edited: 30 September 2016 08:57:03

Autumn lawn care

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 08:31


a little late for nematodes now in theory ...entering October...but soil is still warm enough so do it asap.Yes, things are early here so I applied nematodes in August but September

nematodes can only be applied from spring to early autumn 

Getting rid of spider mite

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 08:21

Did wonder about that Hazel. Looks a bit more than spider mite too.

shhhhh! "So unloved"?  Do it quickly and painlessly then 

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