Latest posts by Blueboots

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 16:07

It took a bit of doing, but I'm in!

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:20

Apparently Morrison's herbs are good for growing, and cheaper than most: Growing Morrisons herbs

I'm just off to split the herbs on my windowsill now!

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:14

I went to a talk given last year by the herb expert Jekka MacVicar. She said that supermarket herbs are grown specifically to have a short life span. She doesn't grow for supermarkets, and she didn't say what they do to ensure this.

I just found this though: ]About supermarket herbsabout supermarket herbs. It appears that they just put too many plans in one pot.

I've planted out parsley from a supermarket pot after it started to look disreputable, and it grew brilliantly.

How to create base of bog garden?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:45

I had to look up those plants. I'm not sure about gunnera - I think it would fill the space completely and then some! Thanks for the offer of some darmera peltata, but I'm in somerset. I do like the idea of astilbes, they look gorgeous.

Generally what you see of the pond from the house is just the little wall round the edge (the house is down the slope to the right of the picture). What I could use is something that grows to about 4 feet high, then does it's flowering thing at the top . There's a nice place to sit up by the pond, I should just plant nice things of whatever height and spend more time up there.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 11:03

I spent hours one day last week spraying tough weeds. I'd waited till they were starting to grow, and a still dry day came along, and off I went.

Afterwards I realised I'd mixed up the weedkiller too thin. Several times. I'm not very good at mental arithmetic

I've never fallen in a pond - but I have come close (and looked around to see if anyone saw me).

What to grow in pots?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 14:01

I've grown chillis in pots quite nicely, but maybe they are classed as herbs not veg.

New gardener - please help!!

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 13:56

How tall is the fence Amos? The wind comes out of the west round here (I'm in the SW too), and it's going to cut down on the amount of rain the container catches. You'll have to keep an eye on it.

I grew ivy very successfully out of a pot on an east facing garage wall, (and I'm not very good at keeping things watered) around a fishy face fountain. It looked lovely but I had to make sure it didn't go mad, and I was a bit concerned about damage to the wall.

This is it: the ivy got more expansive but I don't have an older photo.


How to create base of bog garden?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 13:27

As long as it doesn't attract mosquitos, we have those already .

So I just smash the base, throw in any soil I can get hold of, and plant. Brill! There are some nice irises lurking in the bottom already, I'll preserve those while I prepare the base.

Actually there's a waterlily that might still be viable. I have a more natural looking pond at the bottom of the back garden, choked with bulrushes. If I pull out all the bulrushes the lily might grow nicely down there.

This is the front pond that's going to become a bog garden:


this is the back pond that I'm going to rescue:



How to create base of bog garden?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 11:32

I have a leaking cement pond that I am going to turn into a bog garden. I've been advised to put some holes in the bottom, then put some poor soil in and that's it - just plant it up with marginal plants.

This seems too easy. Is that really all I have to do? I thought I'd need gravel or something in the bottom. I have some (new) septic tank pipe (~6" diameter and full of holes) if that would be useful.

My husband wants to drill holes in the bottom of the pond - I'd just go at it with a sledge hammer.

...and where do you get poor soil?

Weird cavity wall flower bed problem

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:19

I opened a bag of the MP I mentioned - the one with the Which best buy label on it. I know little about MP but I don't like this stuff at all. It has the consistency of finely shredded bark. I can't imagine planting anything in it without adding a whole heap of something more "soil" like. Now I have the rest of that bag and 5 more to use up . After reading your responses I was going to use this stuff for containers - I'll have to mix it with topsoil first.

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Too many raspberries

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Need advice on where to start and how to use the forum. 
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