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What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:33

Mine tends to the 'let it all grow all over each other' style, with an attempt at some repetition of colour and variation of shapes, but basically it does what it wants.  I think it does keep down weeding, and gives a more naturalistic look.  I do have some friends who don't like the way I do it so much, and that is fine, they are still friends!  I don't want to see any bare ground, but if there is some, then a pot of something will go there to keep the growth fairly solid. It is not necessarily the easy kind of gardening some people think, but that was never the point.  My original aim when we came here, was out small 'lawn' should be secluded and surrounded by huge amounts of flowering plants and trees - we are getting there.

I find the herbaceous clematis very good in this kind of garden, as they happily creep over just about everything without actuually climbing.  Lots of hardy geraniums,  grasses and so on. 

The second part of the garden is the working part, veggies, fruit cage, strawberry beds, shed and greenhouse, just as lovely in its own way. 

There are pots absolutely everywhere, including what would be a patio if we used it as such.  Our predecessors put it where it is, but it is the cooler, shadier side of the house, so as a place for many hosta pots, and other  things it serves our purposes well. 

garlic

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:24

If the rain continues as it is suggested, then ground drying isn't going to work.  If you buy veggies or fruit, or anything else for that matter,  in those  'string'  bags they come in sometimes, they are very good to hold onions or garlic and you can hang them in a garage, spare room or wherever to dry. 

Hazel nut queries

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:20

Thank you, just ethe kind of information I was looking for.  I do so agree re green hazel nuts, my sister in law grows them which is why we wanted to start - yummy!

Cotinus cogg

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:18

As I have probably said on this site a hundred times or more, you can grow anything in a pot if you are willing to supply all its needs 52 weeks a year.  I grow trees, shrubs, bulbs, hostas and many, many other things in pots - over 400 of them, but it does take alot of work.  This is not a complaint, it is after all a self inflicted injury.

Yes you can grow cotinus in a pot, if the pot is big enough.  Start with as small  a pot as needed,  depending upon the size of the tree you buy or get given, and move it up to bigger ones each early spring until it has got as big as you want it to.  You will need to prune the shrub annually, and feed it regularly.  The red one does better in a pot as it is naturally slightly less vigorous than the green one, but both are possible. As with anything in a pot you must do everything for the plant that it would do for itself in the open ground, weeding is essential, feeding and watering (though not this year much!), drainage and general care.  Enjoy, growing things in pots can become an obsession, but really is a great way of having things wherever you want in the garden without having to depend on soil alone. 

Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:13

The amount of emails generated does get ridiculous, there should be an easier way to find out if anyone has replied to your comment or advice.  It was one thing the old site did well, kept a list of your discussions and then you could check that.  Any interest in that idea GW? 

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:11

Be careful where you source your straw for your berries.  I had some trees delivered a few years ago, well wrapped in nice dry straw.  So I used it - on the grounds of waste not want not - and grew the most incredible amount of weed grasses I had ever seen. Some 7 years later they are still pesting the area, no matter how much we dig and pull to get rid of them.  Sometimes cork type mats are a safer option as far as not introducing weeds is concerned.  You can also cut up some weed suppressing membrane, makes good collars for strawberries and other crops. 

Wood lice cannot eat your strawberries unless something else has started the damage.  They have extremely small mouthparts which only allow the ingestion of liquid food, they will suck out the juices once the dkin is broken on the fruit, but cannot do that themselves.  There really is no need to kill them, they are harmless - but can be a bit horrid in vast numbers.  You could brush them up in a dustpan and take a bucketful to the local woodlands for release.  I expect they will get eaten by the birds, but that is natural and I can live with that. 

jeyes fluid

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:04

Pressure washer good idea, but not between the cracks where you have the thyme etc., is this really the best place for your dogs to be I wonder?  Maybe an area further in the garden would be a better place for them to have a play and explore area? Mind, that very much depends upon the size of your garden.  Anyway, it is yours not mine so of course you do as you wish.  You can use orgainic cleansers for your patio without harming your plants, quite alot of choices on line. 

Mystery plants

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:01

I have both the basic dark leaved and the golden lycesteria in pots (now there is a surprise) where they remain well controlled but still have those wonderful flower tassels to enjoy.

Hazel nut queries

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:23

Two years ago we bought two  named hazel nut trees, and planted them up.  They are now strong healthy looking young trees, which bore a few nuts last year, and there are signs of a few to come this year.

My question is this, how do I prune them to encourage more fruiting next year, and in the following years?  They cannot be allowed to get too tall due to the place in which they are - but I know I have seen highly productive hazel hedges so that should not be a problem, if only I knew how to set about it.  Any help would be greatly welcomed. 

Paint to make a Cardboardbox a Watertight Trough as seen on programme

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:18

Yes, we have some hypertufa ones still going strong after a good few years.  We also coated some old sinks with it, that is now coming off and needs replacing, but has lasted at least 10 years if not longer.

They are a bit of a fiidle to make, but not that much, two supported boxes, one inside the other and the cement peat mix between the two - if making a big one some chicken wire in the mixture helps to hold it in place.  Good, effective, inexpensive way of making expensive looking troughs.

There are almost certainly some websites available with the proper way of doing it, and equally probably some charity shops have dear Geoff's books in stock - I would not be without mine, my gardening hero was Geoff, still is I suppose

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