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Organic pelleted poultry manure & container planting

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 12:24

I use Chicken pellets and Bone-Fish-meal all the time. They are good for green growth, so for trees, shrubs, tropical plants like Musa and other gross feeders like Pumpkin etc.

Bedding I would stick to slow release pellets and a water in fertilser.


Posted: 22/05/2015 at 12:21

They can certainly grow in pots for sometime and do very well in large containers and raised beds. They like moist free draining soil, so I assume that is where Susan Porter's feedback is coming from. Small pots equals they dry out and die.

How to save my Hedges

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 15:35

Bronzing on Yew can be a number of things. When did you plant it and what is the soil like?

Shy raspberries

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 13:17

What can happen is the top growth dies (esp in bare root plants) and new growth come up from the roots further away. This may take till next year.

You really should think about barriers to their roots. I planted various varieties a few years ago and this year new Raspberry plants came up several metres away in other borders. People think Bamboo is bad but Raspberry and Blackberry are worse. Strawberries spread like mad but at least they are easy to spot and move.

Young gardeners and neighbours

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:01

A regular on another forum won Gold at Chelsea. He is 20.

More coal than soil

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 10:53

I have found the odd bit of coal but not a seam of it. My first thought is to build raised beds as this will avoid the coal.


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 14:27

Where is it sited? Mine are protected from wind so are quite straight. Not got above the fence yet so that may change. The soil is pretty damp but draining. It has half a dozen bamboo around it competing for moisture, so it my guess is it gets water but not too much.

Getting the 'proffessionals' in

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 11:21

Some plant nurseries offer to design for your garden for a set fee but as long as you buy the plants from them they will give you that design cost against plants. Urbanjungle for example offer that service

L Shaped front garden

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:35

 I would paint the wall at the back either gray or white. In front I would plant a good sized palm tree (Trachycarpus fortunei are hardy in Scotland) in a large zinc planter and underfill with pink flowering plants. I would use slate as a path up the sides and lawn the rest. I think that would look quite nice.

L Shaped front garden

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:08

Do you like the cottage garden look? If I owned your property then I would look at modern contemporary landscaping but that is a personal taste.

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