London (change)
Today °C / °C
Tomorrow °C / °C


Latest posts by Berghill

what kind of grit do the gardeners use in there potting soil?

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 21:14

No, it tends to fall to pieces when it gets wet and clogs up the compost. The grit is to help drainage not keep moisture in.

s it possible to to exchange seeds between Dutch, English and Scottish gardener

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 17:02

As far as I am aware it is legal to send seeds from anywhere in the EU to anywhere in the Eu, as long as they are not wild collected and restricted by CITES. Check out the Alpine Garden Soc and the Scottish Rock garden sites. They have seed exchanges where things are sent abroad.

Sending to and from America is very different.

what kind of grit do the gardeners use in there potting soil?

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 16:58

For some plants I do use road grit, that is the 7mm. limestone stuff. Only for lime loving plants of course. even that is hard to get hold of though, in smal bags.

underground slugs

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 16:54

I am very sorry to disagree with so many folks, but Slugs do not live underground. They live in the leaf litter on the soil and may appear to come from within the soil but they are surface living creatures. Nor, do they eat roots. Their preferences are for green leaves, decaying leaves and mostly for each other.

underground slugs

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 09:20

Sound more like cutworms than slugs. the only slugs in Britiain that live underground are keeled slugs and they mainly eat things like potatoes.

Tagetes Minuta

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 10:33

Tried this one year, but the plants did not thrive, the couch grass choked them to death!

Aut of control Laurel bush

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 09:17

And quicker than you would think too.

Sycamore trees

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 10:13

The leaves do not rot down into useful leaf mould easily either.

Sycamore trees

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 20:56

And are greedy feeders with very wide spreading roots. Wood burns nicely though.


Posted: 03/12/2012 at 16:26

And I hope the winds you get are not as cold as the ones which whistle through here in April. We lose all the new growth on any Hydrangea macrophylla so as a hedge they would be useless. They are also deciduous so not a lot of protection from the wind to be gained in Winter either.

Discussions started by Berghill

Growers or Killers?

Replies: 37    Views: 798
Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 12:33

Snowdrops have started

Replies: 9    Views: 480
Last Post: 05/02/2014 at 07:54

Shredder Bosch AXT2000HP

Replies: 5    Views: 383
Last Post: 31/01/2014 at 15:24

Opposite of gloating

Replies: 2    Views: 296
Last Post: 19/01/2014 at 22:49

Clean trousers

Replies: 22    Views: 608
Last Post: 17/01/2014 at 11:01

Adonis amurensis

Replies: 1    Views: 308
Last Post: 11/01/2014 at 18:19


Replies: 29    Views: 1735
Last Post: 16/12/2013 at 21:56


Replies: 2    Views: 530
Last Post: 18/08/2013 at 19:37

Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Replies: 20    Views: 1097
Last Post: 05/08/2013 at 23:25

Potato problem

Replies: 4    Views: 762
Last Post: 20/05/2013 at 17:03

Plant id

Replies: 11    Views: 552
Last Post: 09/05/2013 at 20:47

Photo size

Replies: 7    Views: 461
Last Post: 09/05/2013 at 21:44


Replies: 3    Views: 757
Last Post: 19/04/2013 at 21:04

A mild annoyance

Replies: 4    Views: 602
Last Post: 07/01/2013 at 17:57

Helleborus x hybridus

Replies: 3    Views: 693
Last Post: 04/01/2013 at 15:26
1 to 15 of 20 threads