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Get it off your chest

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 14:35

My wife has done literally nothing to our garden but likes to give her opinion. She is one that likes to 'see soil' and then compan about the weeds growing because of it. Her parents are the same (their garden is all patio and gravel and almost no plants!). I prefer the verdant look with lots of growth cramed in. They seem to moan about everthing, even the amount of time I spend on the garden (which is after work and the kids away to bed!).

Walls and Hedges

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 14:30

Ok, so it is a raised bed. 2-3 ft sounds fair. What type of hedge are you thinking of? Beech will do well in such a free draining soil in a raised bed and it keeps its brown leaves in winter - so good for screening.

Walls and Hedges

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:27

Am not sure what you mean by "how wide the wall should be for planting hedging plants". Do you need a wall and a hedge next to each other??

figs

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:24

You can restrict roots in the ground by planting the Fig in an old washing machine cylinder - the big circle bit with holes in it. That allows the roots to be constrained by the water to drain and can be picked up for free/cheap.

Cotinus Coggyria grown as a standard

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 11:30

A neighbour has one (or had as they never watered it this summer!).

I would start shaping it now - pic in site below to give you an idea.

http://www.gardenoasis.co.uk/standard-cotinus-coggygria-royal-purple-p-2578.html

greenhouse

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 09:34

The 'best' heater would be an electric fan operated one with a thermostat set at 7C with a view of the whole greenhouse staying above 5C. There is no need ot set it above that as the plants do not need it with the amount and duration of light in winter. The fan helps spread the heat around the grenehouse and not at one spot. They are expensive to run but cheaper than buying new plants! Bubble wrap will also help keep the heat in.

I do not have electricity down in my greenhouse and use 2 paraffin heaters. It is a matter of switiching them on and hoping for the best tbh as there is no control.

I find a wooden floor 'warmer' than stone, but if the sun can get to a floor stone then it is possible that the heat is stored in them and released when dark.

If you want to be adventurous then you can try a heat sink system - you will need to google that as it is too complex to explain.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 13:01

Provado is systemic and after watering it should get to the roots.

Talkback: Growing teasels

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 13:00

I live next to a woodland and get Teasels growing all the time. I left a few last year and one is 8ft tall by 6ft wide this year. Bees certainly love the purple flowers. I will be cutting it down soon as it is too big and is shredding the leaves on my plants.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 09:46

They live in gardens, preferring warm walls to rest on. Going out at dusk with a torch and looking on walls, pots and plants with notches cut into the leaves should reveal a few. I caught 12 the other night. The nibble lots of things, Clematis as it is on my wall is often attacked. I know most of my Vine weevil came in last year via a Magnolia plant that was healthy then just faded. The whole thing just came out when I wondered why it failed when it was perfectly looked after and I found grubs and promptly disposed of the soil, too late to stop the others that escaped. I can understand why some people remove all the soil from newly purchased plants to stop that sort of thing happening.

grass-identification-please

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 19:29
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

. This one looks like a very invasive type that I see in people's gardens it grows very very tall and is extremely invasive.. Make sure you get it all dig deep!!

It looks similar but is not Sasa Palmata...it is just Common Reed - best not to alarm people Stacey.

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