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Work Trousers

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 15:00

If he suffers with a bad back, he should wear a back protector which i think you can get from a sports shop. Its like a piece of think felt eith velco around it. Sorry don't know where the trousers came from though it could be Scatts.

Dead Daphne

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:44

Does anyone know why my daphnes are dying one after the other. It flowered beautifully then  the leaves on the first to die started to shrivel I watered it and then when it the leaves continued to shrivel I fed it but it still died at the end of summer last year. It was about 5 years old and quite large.  The one that now appears to be dying flowered beautifully and is also now has shriveling  leaves.

clay soil

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:22

Compost, compost and more compost. In the wettest part of my garden I now have a natural clay pond but in other areas I dump all my homemade compost on it and lots of wood chip as a mulch which I get from a local tree surgeon. I have never dug any of it in, just left it for the worms to sort out. Within a year my soil was nice in the top 15cm and now having been doing this for 6 years I have to go down at least 60cm to find solid clay. You will need to do this or at least top it up each year. The other thing to do is when planting in it, dig a hole at least twice as wide as needed and replace the clay dug out with compost and homemade compost and grit. The plants roots are then more likely to spread out rather than go round and round.

Talkback: Ants

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:10

Ants like dry ground, hence you find them under paving slabs and find them in clay if it is dry. Solution is to keep it wet.

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:07

I built the clay pond a few years before the other one and had the clay tested to make sure the ph etc was correct at different levels as it was dug and then compacted. I used to get a lot of wildlife in this pond until I built the straight sided one and then they all seemed to move to this one. Neither of my ponds froze completely last winter and i live in the south of the country.


Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:57

You have ants because the compost is too dry, spray your bin with cold water for an immediate result and try adding more grass, and kitchen scraps to keep the moisture levels high enough so that the ants don't like it.

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 18:27

I built two ponds in my garden, one is a natural clay pond with gentle slopping sides to about 1m and is surrounded  by a bog garden and is itself  full of native plants to provide shelter. The other is a concrete lined pond with vertical sides down to 1m  with the middle down to 2.3m. Around this pond is a shallow area which is about 30cm deep which is full to within 2-3cm of gravel with mostly non native plants and some tropical pond plants in summer in it.  There are virtually no plants in the middle straight sided section so that we can swim in it. I have however noticed that I get  all my toads, frogs, common and great crested newts in this second concrete straight sided pond and virtually none in the natural clay one. I think the reason for this is because this pond has straight sides and with no shelves, a heron and other predators cannot stand in the vertical sided pond and reach down 1m so my amphibians all feel safer and they can get out in the shallow bit when they need to. Has anyone else found this is the case? We may all need to re-think what a wildlife pond really should be like.

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