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Cutting the lawn

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 23:36

Cut the lawn whenever it needs it. I cut mine last weekend and the wife questioned it. I showed her the bag full of clippings. I set the mower on the highest setting and we have had a mild winter, so mow away.


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 16:53


Border in complete shade

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:51

Acucuba japonia, mahonia japonica, most ferns - there are a lot that you could plant.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 10:46
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

My envy is for people who can make decisions - I'm really struggling to work out whether this garden can cope with a wildlife pond, and if so where it will go 

This is true for me. I can easily see what would work in other people's garden and give advice and design. Yet I stare at my garden and have no masterplan as I cannot see the wood for the trees. I want to curve the lawn, improve the soil, make a jungle style garden on the terrace, deck a play area, add nice border/lawn edging etc. Every time I try to do things I keep seeing other jobs to do and the vision gets lost.

Ask Alan

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 09:30

What general feed regime works best around the garden for his experience?

I tend to add some liquid feed to all plants in general when I remember in spring, kind of forget about until summer and do ad hoc feeding until late August with mixed results.

Gunnera Care?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 09:22

The leaves grow largest in shade and next to water. Mine grow in clay loam next to a large Ligularia in semi shade and I need to water in the summer. I feed them to get the foliage as large as possible but do not over do it. As Obelixx has said just cover the crown with some of the large leaves and that keeps it dry - it is hardier when dry. That easy to be honest.

Pest wise I find Slugs do not touch it (unlike the Ligularia and Rodgersia nearby) but caterpillars do, so watch out for them.

Frog orgy

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:53

I normally have 4-5 frogs and 1-2 toads in my garden in summer. Bit of a minor heart attack when you move something or go out in the garden in the evening and they jump out. The toad likes to sit beneath a pile of leaves next to a tree in my garden. They do eat small slugs which can be the biggest problem in gardens rather than the large ones. I do not have a pond (there are a lot of ponds near by though). So just try and leave them as they do good and no damage.

best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:50

When planting I use bonemeal and for hungry plants some chicken poo pellets. Tomarite is good for green growth. There is a special feed called Nitrozyme that Cannabis growers use (nothing wrong from learn from the professionals) that gives plants a boost during growing seasons.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:56
artjak wrote (see)
other places are doing offers on 3x70litres for £10, (4.76p per l) which is cheaper.

I buy that offer from ASDA and have been happy with the compost. They seem to have changed supplier as it is not overly dry as it once was. I was put off B&Q/Verve as I found large bits of wood and plasticized wood in it . Am happy with the Homebase compost that is also on offer all the time and they often have 15% off events and Nectar points.

Creativegardenideas have decent compost and it is delivered free if you spend £30. They also have offers off season which brings the price down on top of the multi-buy offers (

nerine bowdenii

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:49

Same question was asked last week:

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