bookmonster


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Lawn to Wild Flowers

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 09:20

Read up on which are most suitable for your soil type, cut the grass short and get some plugs. Loads of useful websites out htere.

 

fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 09:18

We have a u cordon pear and espalier apple - it's only their second year of being allowed to fruit, and last year was really mild. I fleeced them this week when the weather turned really cold. The pear has  blossom, the apple not yet. Now milder and sunny, but still frost risk at night. Would you fleece them at night, or would they be ok without? It's a pretty sheltered suburban garden.

Bokashi

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:03

Hi

 

We have a small suburban garden - and I'm considering getting a bokashi kit. The only question I have is what to do with the results. We don't currently compost as we don't have much 'brown' waste from the garden, and due to lack of space. I would rather something that produces soil improver than fertiliser like a wormery does, and want it as easy as possible. So does anyone use bokashi successfully? And what are the options for using the results? What could be added to it as 'brown' matter if I put it in a compost bin to finish off (can I compost printed junk mail, for example). Thanks!

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 11:09

Thanks for the ideas! When we took out the indian bean tree it was already under planted so we didn't have any dilemnas about what to do with it. Any tips on root removal ??

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 10:01

Sorry for the delay in replying, small ones do attract illnesses and eat time. Ooh, can buddleia be propagated by cutting? We already have a lovely white one, recently had its annual haircut (with a saw!!)

When you say do a proper clear out, how would you accomplish that? Time and funds are limited.

Guernsey Donkey2, some of our crocuses do ok, but our clay soil eats bulbs, it gets too wet over winter.

My husband was thinking of a holly for this area, as they're quite slow growing.

Any ideas for a shade and clay tolerant ground cover? I may just propagate my oregano.

 

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 17:10

Hi

We had a rare opportunity to tackle the garden yesterday while my inlaws looked after the toddler, including taking out several uninvited trees. We had to prune a beloved but overgrown broom to get to them. It's great for the bees and we love it - but it's way bigger than the border and I know they don't like pruning. The plant next to it has never attracted wildlive (it's tree like- identified as sambuca nigra but never seen berries on it so I'm not sure), so we're thinking of starting again in that area. It is a narrow border  on clay which gets the sun, and we'd be planting on roots - any thoughts? We want plenty of pollinator value.

 

We're also looking for a shade and clay tolerant living mulch for under our double cordon pear to give the weeds a run for their money, in the nectar bar border.

 

Thanks!

Allium questions

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 08:29

Clay holds nutrients well, so can make a good loam with lots of organic matter.

Allium questions

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:22
Perfect! Our clay is rapidly becoming beautiful soil with a bit of TLC.

Allium questions

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:08
Do allium neapolitanum attract bees? And does letting alliums seed mean the bulb isn't replenished?

any other arachnaphobes out there?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:05
I don't dislike them, they're fine at a distance standing still, just terrified. A harvest man or spider on my leg recently was one of the few occasions I've ever screamed

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fruit tree protection

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Bokashi

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Plant Ideas Needed

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Bring out your planters!

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