Latest posts by AliP

Underplanting silver birch

Posted: 21/03/2012 at 15:35

I'll just list a few plant ideas, maybe nice to add in some bulbs too:

English bluebells, Snowdrops, Cyclamen, Liriope muscari, Lamium, Bergenia, Tellima, Wood anemone's, Pachysandra terminalis

Have a look at them and then see what combination you like. Good luck.

Fragrant climber

Posted: 21/03/2012 at 15:21

Trachelospermum jasminoides gorgeous scent from little white flowers. Would need to be in fairly sheltered spot but a sunny wall sounds perfect.  It's evergreen too.

Making Bird Nest Boxes from Recycled Materials.

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 10:13

This is a great idea and I will definitely be having a go.  Do you mind if I share the idea on my blog , I'll take some pics of my attempts! Thanks

Wood chip

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 21:33

I would probably say just go for a thick layer of bark as this will massively reduce the number of weeds by itself and in my experience beds with membranes can become a real pain as the plants mature especially if you're planting perennials. Also its good to be able to get to the soil if you want to add fertilisers, compost, etc or as Emma said sow annuals or anything like that. Good luck with what you decide!


Posted: 15/03/2012 at 21:22

Blairs would be interested to know the varieties you don't prune as I didn't realise this. Thanks.

Beat The Drought

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 21:18

<span id="sample-permalink">If anyone is interested I wrote a post on my blog about how to deal with the water shortages us gardeners are increasingly having to cope with. Best ways to water, grey water, water storage, etc.


Posted: 14/03/2012 at 20:56

To get the best fruit production yes.  Blueberries fruit on the previous years growth and you prune them when they are dormant Nov-Mar.

They don't need much in the first 2-3 years just try to keep the bush open centred and remove any crossing branches.

Subsequent years:
- cut out any dead, dying, diseased, crossing growth
- cut one or two of the oldest canes down to the ground
This way you keep a constant renewal of young growth alongside the fruiting canes. Hope that helps.

Talkback: How to prune buddleja

Posted: 12/03/2012 at 22:14

Any plant than can grow out of mortar halfway up a wall is as tough as old boots!

rental garden

Posted: 12/03/2012 at 22:11

I know you say you have already decided but would it be better to grow veg in the borders and flowers in the pots. You can then take them with you when you move and as you will be harvesting the veg there will be nothing lost there either.  Just a thought.

Bind weed

Posted: 11/03/2012 at 21:11

Are you organic or not is probably the main factor, roundup or similar systemic weedkill will certainly weaken it and with regular applications when you see more coming will go a long way to getting rid of it.  If you're organic then just keep picking out those roots and definitely don't use a rotavator else you will have 100's more little roots that will all start shooting leaves! Hope that helps.

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