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Growing mint in a low trough

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 07:23

Ah yes that is confusing!  The trough will only have four inches depth of compost.  So you think it will dry out too quickly . Yes, you're probably right, I could manage watering on a daily basis, but it might matter if we werent around for a bit.  Will re-think!  Many thanks 

Expandable hose

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:27

I had one and it wasnt as good as I had hoped.  It sprouted leaks especially from the point where it connected to the spraying gun, and holes elsewhere, and I ended up buying about 4 as I was joining two together.  They lasted two years in total max, but they are lightweight and you may like them for that reason..  There is a knack if your water pressure isnt good, which is to allow the hose to fill up completely with the spray gun turned off, and then turn it on for use, otherwise you will never be able to take advantage of its full length.  

Growing mint in a low trough

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:22

Hi I have a long trough which is 20 cm deep but only 10cm high.  Can anyone tell me if mint will be OK growing in compost as shallow as this?  Thanks 

top dressing, MO Bacter and the moss farm...

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 14:16

Hi everyone, I have a phenomenal amount of moss on my lawn this winter, really dispiriting as I do try to do all the right things, aerate, top dress, scarify and whatever else.  

However I have found an RHS recommended product called MO Bacter which kills moss without the need to scarify the dead moss out - it is apparently digested in situ by enzymes which sounds just dandy to me - and as there is nothing chemical or harmful in the mix you can sow seed pretty much at the same time, thus shortening the time till the lawn starts to look good again.  That anyway is the theory, and I plan on doing this in about March when the weather has warmed up.

But I want to once again put quite alot of top dressing on the lawn now to go some way to improving the drainage, and to build up some edges where they slope down towards the beds and get scalped by the mower.  However.  Can I put the top dressing on now and what happens to the moss?  I know grass will grow through top dressing layer eventually but I imagine in large areas of the lawn the top dressing will just 'sit'  on the moss.  Is this OK, a good idea, or a bad idea?  Or do you think I should just tackle the unevenness around the edges now and try to deal with the large mossy areas in the autumn?  I have been doing this for a while, ie building up the lawn in the autumn, but it just doesn't seem to get any better.  It is shady-ish at that end of the lawn, but not THAT bad.  It's not deep deep shade!  Any ideas v much appreciated, hanks. 

help with a difficult border

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 18:53

Thank you, everyone!  Such great suggestions, and as ferns came out on top I think I'll start with some of those and then fill in with other suggestions as I see the need.  I may also take your advice Tetley about planting a clematis there - the honeysuckle has never been entirely happy, it is stunning in the spring when the growth is young, but it does sprawl horribly later in the year and get blackfly and mould.  

Again thank you forum-ers, I am grateful 

help with a difficult border

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 10:31

HI can anyone suggest what I can plant in this border.  It is looking v sad at the moment as I was away for the summer and it was v neglected, but it's a little raised bed in a tiny courtyard.  In the spring and early summer  it gets lovely morning light, but this time of the year because of nearby buildings it gets very little, although it is always 'bright'

I currently have a rose and a honeysuckle, neither of which are thrilled with the situation, although I am inclined to keep them, and am still trying to kill off the bay which keeps sprouting despite my best efforts - any advice with that welcome! - but what to plant along the bottom?  In truth I would like something compact like lavender but I dont think it's sunny enough there for it to thrive properly, unless anyone can recommend a variety that might?  All suggestions welcome

Do you recognise this plant?!

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 12:11

Brilliant!  I love this forum.  Just googled it and bingo.  Thank you fidgetbones. 

Do you recognise this plant?!

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 11:32

in Greece on holiday and this is growing in lots of local gardens.  Sorry it's sideways! 

Roses changing colour

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 14:55

Interesting.  Ok thanks, It's obviously a trend!  I'll see what happens next year. 

Thinning trachelospermum

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 14:54

am pinging this to the top again!

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Growing mint in a low trough

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