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Latest posts by blairs

north facing veg patch

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 21:42

My neighbours garden is north facing (mine is south facing) and they get little sun late Oct- early Mar but come June/July there garden can get sun longer than me due to fencing etc.

need a small tree

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 12:09

Amelanchier is ideal for what you want.

Am a growing fan of Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'. Black trunk and branches with red leaves and pink flowers.

indoor palm

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 16:33

They do not like over watering or as Dove has mentioned above, the atmosphere to be too dry. An east or north facing bathroom is best for them - not direct sun. They come from rainforest floors, where light is indirect.

What is best around decking

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:21

I think Phormium look great next to decking. Available in greens, reds, yellows, pinks, blacks and everything in between. I have a dozen around my garden.

shrubs for shade

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 20:26

Podophyllum, Epimedium, Trillium, Rodgersia, Paris, Brunnera, Pachyphragma, Cyclamen, Helleborus, etc.

Don't be afraid of shade

Neighbour has trashed our beech hedge!!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 14:14

Most hedges should be 2 metres, which is 6.7 feet or there abouts. As per above they did the hard work for you as it will grow back quickly. if in good sun then it is possible for the new growth to be over 2 metres by autumn.

Heavy Clay Soil

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:37

I have 5 broken spades trying to loosen and dig my soil. Just use a fork - not lost one yet, though have bent pronds from trying to lift stones.

Heavy Clay Soil

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 10:54

Bark and chick poo pellets work a treat in opening up clay soil. I have clay loam and some parts of the garden are pure blue clay. Getting better everytime I fork in bark and pellets.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 09:00

If you have a Tablet or smart phone and the like then there is an app that tells you your soil pH and type:

Accurate for me.

How to improve my water retention

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:53

Right plant right place - try succulents and arids. Palms, Agave, Yucca come to mind.

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