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Posted: 21/10/2016 at 20:06

Hi Linda,

Good idea ... should be able to keep the slugs/ pheasants / mice etc from getting to them first!!

My greenhouse came with hanging basket rails ... these have holes along them. I got some hooks (cheapo ones from Ikea) and hung up some baskets.

These are empty at the moment. I was planning on planting up some of them with various succulents (it will be hot in there over the summer) ... but I have some spare strawberries so I might give them a go. I also fancy trying nasturtiums ... or some cherry toms and basil.

Bee x


Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:40

Hello Linda,

This is the company I ordered from ...

I worked out what I wanted using the website to build up a quote. I then rang to see if they would take anything off for using the code (GW16) which is in the Gardeners' World magazine .... and they took off £89. I then asked if they could discount the shelving and freestanding staging and managed to get a further discount (think it was 10%). They were very helpful with all my questions ... and arranged for us to see one recently put up by another couple in our area ... and this was v. useful.

We put our own paving down ... and left a channel for getting electricity in (will have this done in Spring). I also left out 6 flags  inside and filled with granite chips for an area to water plants on, and this has been great.

We put the greenhouse up ourselves ... hard work but good fun (you'll need 2 step ladders).

It's very good quality ... I splashed out and chose the Blue Grass colour and the stainless steel ramp.

Hope this is helpful.

Bee x


Posted: 14/10/2016 at 19:24

Hi Pete 8,

I think you'll be delighted with your new Rhino ...

We did the installation of ours in July .... and I just love it!  My husband thinks he'll never see me again ... he could be right.

Great company ... nothing too much trouble  ... and I managed to "negotiate" a good price for shelving etc. Also used a GW code to get a bit more off too.

Currently filling it with overwintering plants. Roll on Spring to start seed sowing!


Gooseberry bushes

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 11:30

Hi Penny,

I use a spray of diluted neem oil .... it is totally organic. I've had no gooseberry sawfly problems for the last 6 years ... and great crops of berries.

See this link for further info.

and this one for how to make it.

I use it as soon as growth starts in April and I drench the foliage. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I repeat spray every few weeks.

Neem is best used preventatively .... but will work on pests that have already arrived. It  does not hurt beneficial insects. Only chewing and sucking insects are affected. The main reason is that insects need to ingest the neem oil to be affected, and beneficial insects don't eat your plants. However, you can still kill beneficial insects if you smother them with neem oil, so I tend to spray late evening to be safe.

It does stink a bit ... but is easy to mix up and apply.

I got mine off ebay .... wasn't expensive for a big bottle which will last ages. At room temperature it is solid, but goes liquid again within a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.

Worth a try .... also seems to work well for lily beetle and aphids.


planting a woodland area

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 18:24

Hi David,

I have a woodland area where the following plants do well ....

Cardamine enneaphylla - flowers very early then disappears

Galium odoratum - grown from seed and now a great big patch of ground cover

Lots of primulas and various hardy geranium - also good ground cover ... and myosotis (forget-me- nots) which seed about and look lovely. 

If the area is for little children you might like to let them have little fairy doors at the base of the woodland trees.  They have these in Edinburgh Botanical Gardens and they look very sweet.

Keep us posted with pictures.


Fruit Bushes

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 13:23

I also grow Alpine stawbs and mine don't throw out runners. 

The problem with having them under fruit bushes is that they might not get much sunlight.

Also, you'll get some serious scratches every time you try to pick some if you have them under gooseberries .... just been weeding under my bushes and I bear the scars!


Advice on how close to plant tree to house.

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 10:49

Agree with what others have said  .... the root spread will be approximately the width of the tree when mature.

Replant it away from the house at least the distance of half the ultimate spread when fully mature .... or further if possible. 

When deciding where to relocate it bear in mind that your ash (and your maple - depending on type) will also become big trees. 

Before you do any digging I would measure your garden and draw it roughly to scale ... add on your house. Then cut out some circles which equal the ultimate spread of the trees you have. You will then be able to place them out seeing what room they will each need. 


WIN or not as the case may be

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:00

Hi .... me again!

Worked fine today .... fingers crossed I win.

Bee x

WIN or not as the case may be

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:50

Same problem for me ... tried lower and upper case  ... same message  ... also tried refreshing as suggested. 

Clearly a site issue.

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 21:45

Thanks Fairygirl .... good to hear that the phormiums will cope with the winter here .... I've an idea where I might try out one or two.

Your garden is lovely ... really like your plant combinations.

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