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new garden

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 09:22

My daughter is moving into a new house. I want to help her with her garden and although I am good with plants and garden maintenance, I am not very inspirational about design. At present her garden is a blank rectangle measuring about 42 foot by 30 foot bordered by a fence on 3 sides. It is entirely covered in very weedy short grass (more weeds than grass!) with a huge holly tree in the middle. It is crying out for borders next to the fences but it seems a bit boring just to put straight borders round a square lawn so what shape could I have for the lawn? And how do I make the lawn grass instead of weeds?

climbing rose

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 12:17

I've done all that - trained the shoots sideways etc but they have sent up tall shoots that flower at the top. What do I do now with all the thick heavy leafless, flowerless wood at the bottom 5 foot?

climbing rose

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:38

I have a red climbing rose but don't know what sort it is. It is climbing up a 6 foot high trellis. The bottom 2 thirds are old wood and has no leaves or flowers and the roses are only in the top foot or so. Should I prune it hard back to get new growth at the bottom?

Holly tree

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 16:09

But do you think I could cut off all the top growth down to bare trunks? Would it grow again? Really, it's too high after the tops of the existing trunks. Ideally, I want to cut the trunks down (and all the top growth off completely)  to about 4 foot high and have them grow new leaves and shoots on top of these old trunks. Then I could keep it to about 8 foot high and manage it myself. Does that sound daft?

Bees

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 15:21

We have a small nesting box (about 5 inches cubed) that has been colonized by bees. They are not a problem at the moment, although we have to walk in a large circle round them. It seems too small a container to hold all the bees that seem to be flying in there - will they go by themselves and if so, when? I am becoming increasingly wary of them as they sometimes seem bothered by anyone who passes within a 3 metre radius.

Holly tree

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 15:14

We have a holly tree - about 20 foot high but too large for this town garden. It has previously been cut into a "tree" shape ie 6 bare trunks for the bottom half with a nicely shaped canopy above. Is there anything I can do to cut it down to a more manageable tree ie 10 foot high max? Am I right in thinking that new growth won't come from the old wood of the trunk?

What are these?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 08:54

My daughter has a small indoor greenhouse. She has overwatered it and water has accumulated at the bottom in the gravel. She has found dozens of small white/pale grey creatures, some with purplish markings, in the gravel and on the plants, all of these are about 1 cm long. She thinks they are slugs but I'm not sure. What could they be?

chilli peppers

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:53

I grow Apaches and Joe's Long (both quite hot but not overly-so. I sow mid-March and keep them indoors on a sunny windowsill until about mid-April. Then they go in large pots in a cold greenhouse. Every year I get millions of fantastic chillies and I never lose a plant! I just throw most that I pick into a plastic tub and freeze them and they are just as good all winter as they were fresh. The Apaches I use in most spicy recipes but the Joe's Long are good roasted in oil.

Cold Greenhouse Tip

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:33

I keep my cold greenhouse above zero on cold nights by burning one or two candles on a plate and under a plant pot. These fat candles burn happily all night and raise the temperature 3 or 4 degrees - just enough to stop any damage to my tender seedlings.

aubergines

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 16:42

I am growing aubergines in pots in my greenhouse. Will they sprawl or be a bush or should I stake them?

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Discussions started by Alex 4

new garden

blank canvas 
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Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 10:02

climbing rose

top heavy 
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Last Post: 18/06/2015 at 12:29

Bees

will they go? 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 20:52

Holly tree

too high 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 20:48

What are these?

slugs? 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 09:58

Cold Greenhouse Tip

Keep the frost out! 
Replies: 1    Views: 285
Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 13:58

aubergines

in pots 
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Last Post: 03/05/2015 at 22:31

cougettes

greenhouse 
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Last Post: 04/04/2015 at 08:57

cucumbers

all female 
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Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 14:52

Seedlings

where? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 13:18

Advice needed please

Container plant 
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