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Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:20

Poor thumb MrsG!

bad soil

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:46

Any well rotted manure will inprove soil and as much as you can handle to be honest. I mean, four bags is alright, but eight might be better. It also depends on what plants you want in your bed. Med herbs will hate rich soil for instance.

Topsoil is okay if your soil is really rubbish but check its quality or you could end up with even more rubbish soil being dumped on your pavement. You'll know if its the good stuff, its colour will be appetising and it should have worms and feel nice in your hand.

Bark should only be added as a top layer, as thick as you can afford as it rots down slowly, improving the soil over time and also retains moisture and suppresses weeds to boot!


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:33

Aww KEF, enjoy your new greenhouse, enjoy shopping for it, enjoy dreaming of it and enjoy growing in it. Help ease OH's suffering by leaving space for a few of his favourite plants/veg  because he is a sweetheart.


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 17:21

Gorgeous orchid

big allotment on bb2

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 15:19

I like it, but wish there was more emphasis on their journeys. I love the Newzeland couple and the Chinese mother and daughter and I'm sorry to say, the exceptionally competative duo annoy me muchly, someon needs to remind them that its about having fun

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 08:33

I bought a Silver Swan two years ago to accompany my Characias Wulfenii that was looking gorgeous. The Silver Swan put on a lot of growth and looks wonderful this spring, sadly my Characias Wulfenii didn't survive this winter which is strange because my soil is very free draining, but I have since replaced it with another Silver Swan that will go in the opposite border for symmetry.


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 08:22

Good morning Forkers

Sunny and dry here today and good job too. Got two post holes to dig today ready for my new arch, also got to lay some new matting next to the house and patio area after lifting the old and very muddy stones and matting yesterday and leaving the ground to dry out a bit.

Seeds to sow as well today oh a one good turn of the compost bin.


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:57

My heart weeps when I see the bargain stall at my local GC because I wish I could rescue them all so keep us posted on those bargains Verdun

Hidcote on Easter Sunday

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:48

Thanks for sharing  Hidcote is one of my favourite gardens although I haven't made it in the flesh yet. I'm hoping to get to Sissinghurst this year since its much nearer to where I live.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:41

Superb collection of garden photos for 2014! I just finished reading the whole thread and love all the gardens and photos.

My garden is in transformation at the moment. Its made up of three garden rooms and a veg plot this is a pic of the middle garden.

 Do not adjust your television sets, the arch is meant to be wonky..well not meant. It rotted and got blown down so a new one is on the way. Hurray.

Also, I removed the lawn in favour of stones, redesigned some of the borders and there is a linking path at the very bottom of the picture which is yet to be built.

If you could turn a photo to view behind me, right now its full of builders rubble. Some to be used by me, some to be removed by skip. So much work to do still, but I am so happy with this area now whereas before it annoyed and vexed me, which a garden should never do

By chance, choosing the path where i did affords me a great new view up the long border which presently offers pale green Euphorbia Silver Swan, a red Acer Palmatum Dissectum Garnet behind it and a yellow Euonymus Fortunei and the blue Ceonothus through the trellis. Couldn't be happier  

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