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Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:04

The story of how I got into gardening is too long to post on here. We lived in a terrace house. The only greenery was the privet hedge along the tiny front of the house and the grass growing  on the bomb site opposite. So, after being dreadfully carsick, I made a garden in the back yard.

I will try and find a link to the story if folks are interested.

So many varieties but what to choose?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 09:59

The Courgette to look out for is a yellow one which is resistant to mildew. Think it is a T&M one.

Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 09:56

This was our pond in May last year.


Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:44

And do be careful about what plants you put in or around the pond. We had to completely rebuild our wild life pond as the roots of the grasses (sold as 'marginals' )had so utterly penetrated the pond line that all the water soaked away. The grass was Phragmites australis and I had to use an axe to cut the roots to dig it out.

Was going to dig our pond out today

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:39

The deeper the better. A good depth of water keeps the temperature reasonably constant whereas a shallow pond can get very hot very quickly which is not good for invertebrates. Also there is a problem with evaporation in a shallow pond. As long as there are shallower areas for animals and birds to use, then go for 60 cms. Our wild life pond is a metre deep by the way, as is the Lily pond. Both are full of newts.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 13:27

First Alpine show of the year yesterday in Caerleon.

snowdrops and crocuses

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 15:39

Mice eat ours! Not the snowdrops though, they are actually poisonous to rodents.

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 15:37

Now then Penny's Pink needs slightly different treatment. This type does not want the leaves removing as the orientalis types do. Only dead or damaged leaves should be removed. H. Pirouette is also one of the x ericsmithii types. Again no leaf removal except as above.

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 10:47

Epsom salts are magnesium sulphate. Have never used it myself so cannot help there.

Ashwoods feed their Hellebores in their display garden when the leaves of the x orientalis types begin to lie down, ie Autumn to late Winter. They feed with chicken pellet. Myself I use Growmore, but then our soil is very rich to begin with.

If your plants do not want to flower then you could try a Tomato type fertiliser (info on the container about dilution rates), again in Autumn or late winter.

By the way our soil is a peaty silt. The lime in it comes from the contamination by lime mortar from some Georgian cottages which were on site and allowed to fall down.

Harveys Garden plants is in Suffolk, that have a good range or so I am told.

Most decent garden centres stock Hellebores at this time of year.



Posted: 13/02/2015 at 10:38

Latest RHS advice is to move them when dormant. This is ok as long as you replant the bulbs straight away and do not let the lifted bulbs dry out before planting. They are also better planted in groups of three to five rather than singly.

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