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Posted: 29/02/2016 at 20:49

Yes, but put down two layers of membrane, first a weed control fabric then a stronger woven landscape membrane.  The reason is that the sharp edges of slate will cut a weed membrane and you will soon get the grass or weeds growing through.  The second layer of landscape membrane protects the weed fabric.  It's a bit more expensive to do this but it will last many more years.  When I did this I also overlapped by a good 6 inches and laid the two membranes at 90 degrees to each other.

garden containers

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 19:20

I agree with Verdun - they will give you crops for many years so give them the best, and splash out on a JI no.3

Greenhouse thingy

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:37

Good idea GWRS!  This is the rebuilt one, completed April 2003 before glazing:

and reglazed and in use, in June 2003:

Finally, yes, there was rather a lot of firewood!:

Watching me cut that lot up with a chainsaw was obviously very tiring for my cat 'Startle':


Greenhouse thingy

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 17:51

I used to have two greenhouses - one a small 4x6 and a larger 8x6.  Then in 2002 a 70ft tall Ash tree fell on both, smashing the larger one to pieces and badly damaging the other:

With careful use of a bench vice and much muscle I managed to straighten enough pieces and combine them with parts from the small one to make a 10x6 which is still in use today.

Try that with a wooden-framed one!

Sequestrene substitute

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 17:33

Tim, look for "sequestered Iron plant food".  Sequestrene is just a brand name for the same thing (a soluble food containing Iron often used for feeding acid-loving plants.)

Patio roses

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:57

Now is perfect for pruning patio roses Ann.  Because they haven't been regularly pruned they might not like being pruned back hard but my experiences of roses in general is that they are pretty hardy things that want to live so I would cut them back hard.

More experienced rose growers may have better advice though.

bare root shrubs

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:42

Sounds like we bought the same offer keenbutgreen.   Mine were potted-up about 3-4 days after arrival so if we both have the same fatalities it may be down to the supplier - let's keep in touch about this as the roots on mine already looked pretty dry when they arrived.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:35

A good way to remember the loose/lose thing is that one should lose the 'o' 

What is this that has invaded and destroyed my erysimum...?

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:28

Looks a little like one of the saxifrages such as Saxifragia hypnoides but it shouldn't have affected your erysimum.  Erysimum are short-lived perennials and it is common for them to suddenly die off for no apparent reason.

bare root shrubs

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:22

If you left the roots wrapped there is a good chance they will survive.  Fingers crossed time now!  If any of them haven't shown signs of growth by about mid-April, scrape the bark off near the top with your thumbnail - if green then they are still alive.  If brown then try lower down but if brown all the way back to the base then they have snuffed it.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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