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Unknown edible in garden what is it??

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:46

I've grown them in 73 litre mixing tubs from wickes with holes drilled in the bottom and filled with 50/50 farmyard manure and compost, Jo.  They did well but you do need to keep up with the watering - all that leaf area really sucks it up!

Blossom Trees

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 13:32

Not sure about the fastest growing (I normally avoid anything labelled that way as they often get out of hand too easily) but if you like weeping trees, a weeping cherry might fit the bill.  Those can be bought as 3 year old pot-grown ones which are about 6-7ft tall for about £40.  Bare-root trees are much cheaper but will not be available until the dormant season (about November to early March.)  If you go to specialist suppliers (who supply garden shows like Chelsea) you can actually buy almost any tree at any size but they do not come cheap and are difficult to plant, usually requiring machinery, eg:

http://www.majestictrees.co.uk/

 

 

 

Magnolia pruning

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:58

Magnolia don't really like pruning but if you need to, now is the ideal time.  Some advice from the RHS here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=599#section-2

 

Help posting pictures ..?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:56

Some tablets and phones don't work very well on this site at the moment although they are working to make it more compatible I believe.  If you can install an alternative browser on your tablet, that would be worth a try.  I understand Chrome works for some folk.

Clematis Shimmer

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:52

It's a summer flowering type, known as a 'group 3'.  Clematis are hungry plants, so prepare a deep hole and incorporate a lot of organic matter such as well rotted manure and compost.  Plant it about 3-4 inches (10cm) lower than the pot it came in.

Cut it back every year in about February to the lowest pair of buds, or about 6 inches (15cm), whichever is lower.  Feed about once a month in spring and summer with a proprietry clematis food or a general fertliser.

Help posting pictures ..?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:37

What device are you using Georgina?

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:56

Lovely pics fg - love that mossy wall.

Raised flower bed

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:52

Looks great already!

Night Scented Stock

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:45

You might be onto something HH - I'll also try seedaholic as there are a couple of other things I want from there.  One problem with using modules is that they absolutely need to be planted out while still small.  If you let them grow too big in the modules (easy to do in the mad rush of spring!) they don't make very good plants later on.

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:14

Lovely sunset last night:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/89954.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Red sky at night.. Bah!  Raining all day!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

Drought

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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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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