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Latest posts by blairs

Aldi plants

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 21:18

It is a shame nutcutlet as they do seem to get a good variety of plants at times. it is about the only thing I ever buy from them. Their bareoot hedge plants are very good and great value.

Aldi plants

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 20:35

I suggest getting the plants from Aldi early as the staff never seem to look after them.

I would avoid the Lavender standard as it is not going to last long. Olive does fine in full sun. The rest need indoors over winter and probably most of spring and autumn, for example the Chinotto and Lemon. Not really worth it!

My castor oil plant

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 15:43

Do you mean Fatsia japonica or Ricinus? The former is false castor and is hardy and the latter castor and is not hardy at all.

Fatsia are hardy but need well draining soil in winter. Theleaves wilt when frosted but recover.

If it has mould then you would see it going black.

Infill for raised beds

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 12:36

It depends on what you are growing. If the plants do not need 60cm of soil then filling with rubble will add drainage and lessens the amount of soil required overall.

Beachgrove Garden

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 16:24

It is Beechgrove not beachgrove!

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 13:56

Everyone seems to forget that if you prune a hedge that inhibits potential root formation. In heavy clay Beech is not a good idea so I would use Hornbeam. It keeps it leaves and looks smart when established (at least 3 years after planting depending on initial plant size).

Hornbeam can be kept less than 20cm thick, roots are not a problem (in clay soil you want it to soak up water much of the time), so that is the hedge plant that I would suggest. It does look very similar to Beech and also keeps its leaves.

For privacy laurel is good but it gets very thick, to thick unless you have 1-2 metre at least to let it get thick. Thuja is also worth a look at - it takes a good prune and is a great privacy screen, Bamboo is also another good screen for urban gardens and it is light enough to let light in.


Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:25
discodave wrote (see)

Thought peat based compost was a bad thing...?

Peat is very good for plants as it soaks up excess water and this prevents plants from rotting, hence it is great for young plants and seedlings.

As peat takes time to accumulate it is seen as bad for the environment to use it, even though it has been used for millenia as heating and soil improvement.

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 16:50

Great news. Beechgrove will do well across the UK. It is more 'normal gardener' and gives practical advice to do that week. GW can be pompous at times showcasing large gardens or those with gardens that can take 100 types of x plant.

Side of House

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 21:03

I would put Fatsia japonica at the back with Aucuba japonica and a Mahonia at the front laying bark underneath as a mulch. Almost no maintainance.

Bronze ornaments

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 10:20

Paul Jenkins is an animal sculptor in bronze. Small versions of the Hares are very reasonably priced.

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