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sea holly

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 23:35

I've had a selection of perrenials delivered today from Thompson & Morgan. Amongst them were three "Eryngium Planum" bare-root plants (Sea Holly). Like you, I have never grown them before but according to T&M they grow to about 2½' and should be planted about 18" apart. They should be 'planted vertically in relatively moist, well-drained soil in a full sun position'. 'They will tolerate very poor soils'.

Apart from Gardeners World, do always try searching on Google, etc for things you would like to know more about - there's such an abundance of help & knowledge out there. Best of luck with your planting.


Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 00:25

I'm sorry to hear that Lavender Lady. Maybe all of your birds don't see Eye to Eye down there in Suffolk. Maybe they've all gone abroad for the sun - there's too much rain in the UK, don't ya know !    OR maybe you've given them the bird for some reason.

Actually, throughout the year there's been plenty of sparrows, magpies, pigeons and a few doves in my garden here in Yardley, Brum.. Seagulls & crows are common in the skies but never land in the garden. However, I haven't seen many blackbirds, thrushes,starlings or blue tits hereabouts.

Recently robin(s) have arrived - I think there are two. I thought that they were terratorial but maybe they're a pair. They're a real delight to watch & listen to, often landing a few feet away while I'm tickling over the soil. One was splashing about in the bird-bath today and (maybe the same one) allowed me to video it for a full three minutes while it was singing, perched on my compost container.

Enjoy your passion Lavender Lady.

siting compost near greenhouse?

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 20:56

If you have the space why not think about trying a static type - much more enjoyable.

Mine's a static, pallet type - about 40"x40" separated into two halves - one for current, one for 6mnths+. It's about 40"' high with a removable front. The removable front facilitates turning.and the waste seems to decompose at a steady pace. When the old compost's ready I finally sift it !

You appear to have more than one bin so, together, I bet you're not far off my dimensions. There's no smell problem if properly managed (yes you have to put some hard work in to get beautifully dark & crumbly compost and yes, I am compost crazy).


Talkback: How to mulch your beds and borders

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 13:10

As regards the build up of mulch, having recently moved into a new garden, I decided it needed hand forking throughout. I'm very lucky to have a well established compost heap (in two halves - current & 6 mnths+ old) and as I've forked an area over, I've removed any lumpy soil and incorporated it into the compost heap. If you feel that you have an excess of soil anywhere, either do the same or just remove it to a quiet corner of your garden.

Having now done all of the hard work I can look forward to pleasurable tickling over.

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