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Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 21:44

Hi Diddy. I'm good but shattered as usual. 7 hours today finished just as the rain started so good timing 

So what I use and why...Horse manure if soil soggy. Cow if dry. Manure beefs soil up. Opens it up if wet and sticky adds weight if dry, stony, chalky. Also good weed suppressant.

Chicken pellets Spring if I think garden needs a good boost, if not BFB. Green manure great for vege plots where you clear the ground and need to boost nutrients. Bonemeal in planting holes for shrubs, perennials...root development. Various different things like seaweed, epsom salts, potash for particular nutrients that might be lacking and miracle grow for bedding and hanging baskets....makes them flower themselves to death! Think thats everything  

New house, new garden, beginner gardener, help needed

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 21:12

LOL its looking for a Rhode that confused me  I think its a Choisya. If you crush and sniff smells of oranges. If it is thats the one I suggested you cut hard back next year. Would be happy half the size it is and the bees love the flowers so good for them.

New house, new garden, beginner gardener, help needed

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:54

Rhode? Outer fence? Wheres that and which bits that lol 

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:47

MartyMower who are you talking to and why so rude?!  Surely whatever grievance you have does NOT need to be aired in public like this.

Forgotten what I was going to put now Diddy. Was not expecting to read that!


New house, new garden, beginner gardener, help needed

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:21

Hi Jesse  

I see what you mean about sterile!  Looks like whoever was there before was going for low...very low...maintenance which does come at a price, ie Boring!!!

Having said that I would leave Choisya in but give it good hard prune after flowering next year and maybe a couple of the yellow conifers. That will give you good garden structure to add to.

Looking at the two Lilacs you bought I would say the brown marks are fine...bit of heat/sun damage I think, nothing to worry about. The notches in the leaves look like vine weevil damage The beetles are not a problem only the larvae.  With the gravel around them now and the fact they are in the ground the beetles won't be able to lay. Once they start growing next year and the leaves aren't so fresh and juicy you won't have such a problem. If you like to squish nasties though, go out with a torch at night and catch them in the act 


Apricot tree ( smallish)

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 19:49

Alan what does Manyofem mean? And do you mean you cant use smilies? 

You are very welcome. Wish more people would grow them. Used to scrump neighbours tree as a kid lol. 

Shrubs for the front garden wall

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:28

Haha just noticed I seem to have a white theme going on there 

Right so for something a different colour how about Rosemary Miss Jessops Upright

 Obviously not all of these will fit in your 5 ft space. Just a selection of what I would choose to plant there.

Shrubs for the front garden wall

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:26

Steebie I would go for things like Cistus Landanifer

 Its evergreen and the flowers are the size of poppy flowers

Where the wall dips in the middle an Abelia Grandiflora. It arches and would look lovely draped over there. It is semi evergreen and flowers late

 Can be pruned to keep it to size.

And last but not least Viburnum x burkwoodii. The smell is wonderful and wafts. You don't have to stick the flower up your nose!

 Again can be pruned to size




Shrubs for the front garden wall

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 17:56

Haisie the Pieris won't like it if its too sunny. Makes the leaves bleach out.

Seeds- your opinions and advice

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 19:19

((((Lilly))) Gardening really is the best therapy in times grief.

I am sure many of us on here know how you are feeling and I can't think of a better way of starting to fill that hole than learning about gardening and following in your mothers footsteps 

I have a gardening journal given to me as a gift. It has months with gardening tips for that month and pockets to put the seeds in. It also has pages for notes so you can write down your successes and failures etc. it even has a water proof cover so you can take it into the to speak.

I found it invaluable when first starting out because you have everything in one place. The filofax of the gardening world lol. 

I hope you come  to love gardening as much as your mother did x

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