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Soil. How good does it need to be, really?

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 12:52

Interesting soils there Librarians Garden

even if it takes time its worth it getting every soil area as healthy as possible. ,no short cuts to this as your plants will reflect growing conditions.  Unhappy plants will struggle and look awful. "happy" plants look healthy, vibrant, robust and attractive. 

that hardcore?  How thick is it?  can you loosen it bit by bit, break it up?   Weeds will grow anywhere....on concrete, tarmac, in sand, in water etc.....but it doesnt mean your own plants will.

with your topsoil try to mix in can buy bagged dried manure...or garden compost with it.  

It really does pay to get your soil as rich in organic matter as means thriving plants and easy cultivation thereafter.  

Liriope flowers disappearing

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 12:25

Slugs and snails Ellen.  They won't  touch the foliage but like the flowers.  Use pellets or visit after dark with a torch and bucket.  Possibly flowers to come....

Using lawn weed killer, iron sulphate and lawn fertilizer at the same time

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 12:21

Hello khanivore

simply buy a weed, feed and mosskiller from any gc or DIY.  

So....apply asap.  I would cut grass first if its long and apply the weed amd feed 2 days later.

I wouldnt re seed now could in about 3 weeks but I would prefer to do this In spring now.  Seed sown in October will struggle over winter Khanivore but think of next spring when it will be superb......oh, apply a lawn feed and weed in spring too 


Posted: 28/09/2015 at 12:11

Taken my coat off Gertie.? .......haven't worn one over past couple of days    bit of a breeze picked up but gloriously warm and azure blue sky.  A week more at least 

The other home nations are doing well in the rugby.  Only England struggling 


wedding music

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 12:03

"Always look on the bright side of life" by Eric Idle 

How to deal with Wood Lice in pots

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:20

simple.....regular inspection under pots will reveal woodlice.  

I have numerous plant pots and lifting them and crushing woodlice is the answer.  The odd flat stone placed on the garden will reveal woodlice when turned over.  

Experts ALWAYS  .....vary in their opinions as to whether woodlice eat plants or not.  I think they do but seedlings and the like.  good hygiene management folks 



Posted: 28/09/2015 at 07:48

Hello forkers

so much lighter and brighter this week than last....sorry Dove but last week was dark!

early walk to the wind, eerily quiet, clear skies and huge dazzling moon.  Even the rabbits were taking photos . In for a gorgeous day 


Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:32

Moon is amazing. Magical.,eerie.  Womderful.  Perfect view. Hope to see its progress. Sounds fascinating Bob 


Posted: 27/09/2015 at 19:34

Totally clear skies here so should be good,viewing 

Moving plants

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 19:29

Angela, do you have to move pittosporum?  It looks good there.  I would move the smaller stuff away to give it room. 

That pittosporum is not esp hardy so where you are it might be sensible to have some fleece handy on very frosty nights.

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who cares who wins?

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Just a suggestion...

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Drat those chains.....

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White foliage?

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Taking life for granted......

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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