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Latest posts by Welshonion

Mowing the lawn, but not the frogs!

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 00:05

And you name yourself 'Green Gardener'?

raised ponds.built out of sleepers and scaffolding boards

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 00:03

If the pond is covered with wire, how can the children enjoy it?

Children drown if they can't get out of a pond.  I think all four of my children have had a ducking in various ponds over the years.

Eternal vigilance is the only thing.  Or give up the pond idea until they are old enough to be safe..


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 18:27

JdeV, of course the desire to use less peat is valid.  But finding rubbish (glass, plastic, chunks of wood, concrete and brick, etc) in bought-in compost is a direct result of that.

That sort of stuff should have been screened out, but unless we complain it won't be.


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 09:42

Kevin, I think you may be muddling bought-in compost with what you make yourself.

It's a shame they are both called compost. They are not the same.

If you have bought bad compost, take it back to the shop where you bought it and complain.  That is who you have the contract with; they must give you your money back or whatever the remedy is. Do not forget to say you go on Gardening Message Boards and you will be publicizing their carp compost.

I have to say that rubbish bought-in compost is the result of gardeners claiming they want peat-free and various rules about land-fill etc, etc.

How to improve my water retention

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 09:33

Dripping water will not cure the problem as it will encourage the roots to grow near the surface.  You need to soak the plants, maybe, just once a week with a hose or watering cans.

Get yourself some water butts and fit them to your down-pipes, this will give you somewhere to fill watering cans.

I wonder what your soil is as clay is water-retentive and the drop to your neighbour's garden should have a minimal effect. It may be the solution to grass it over.

Adding as much compost as you can is good if you really do want to keep a border.

When to harvest

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 23:31

I think we've had this rain conversation before.  Yes, we are damp over here!

When to harvest

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 17:14

Never had that problem, Dove.

Lulu, you can also harvest them as and when you need them for the kitchen before all the foliage has dried off.  When the foliage is still green.  Time it right though or you will dig them too early.

Polluted ground

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:33

I just got worried about the poster who seemed to be worried about parasites and  bacteria and whether the neighbours were healthy!  

Just shows how removed from Real Life some people are.  Though to be fair there was an upswelling of feeling when a local creamery started spreading the waste from the cheese-making on the fields, because it smelled so awful!!  I think it has to be done far from human habitation.

Forsythia hedge

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 00:02

Cut out the branches that flower this year (after flowering) and do the same every year until you have a neat shrub.

Above everything else do not allow anybody that does not know what they are doing near your bushes.  It will break your heart if they cut them back incorrectly.

When to harvest

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 23:53

Edd, what does your post mean?  

The correct time to harvest and store them is when the foliage has died down.  Dry the bulbs off; I usually do it in the greenhouse as our climate is a bit unreliable.

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