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Latest posts by bookmonster

Mystery Plants with Mystery Illness

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:55

Thanks - not sure what happened to the pictures. I think the bottom one was supposed to be variegated. I'm thinking taking them out may be the best plan.

Mystery Plants with Mystery Illness

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:20

We have two plants in the front that we inherited, which appear to be diseased. Can anyone advise what the plants are, and whether it is curable? Thanks


Border edging

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 09:56

THey're like normal bricks but without the holes. We have some on their ends, not that deep, but they're tight enough that when I gave the lawn a good soaking very little seeped through into the empty bed the other side. The other border, they're laid flat with a curve, I'll post a photo if you like. We'll be using the ones on their ends to hold in a 'deep bed' for veg.

Cloche/mini greenhouse made out of bubblewrap

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:37

I found pvc polytunnel covers online, not tried them yet but they're pretty cheap and I may make a cloche out of them in the autumn.

Border edging

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:34

We used block paving bricks bedded in with sand. They're fairly firm and look pretty smart. They were less than 40p each, and you can choose which way up/what height  you want.


Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:23

I plan on leaving in pretty much anything except dandelions, but my favourite weed killer is table salt. I have eliminated dandelions by cutting off the tops and filling the hole with salt, then leave for a while and pull out after they have died. I have read that pouring salt into the middle of rosetted lawn weeds acheives the same affect. Cheap, and less labour intensive than just pulling them out.


Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:19

I'm growing them from seed for the first time - I have read that they should be spaced 60cm apart, and can be cut right back and mulched after dying back, to prolong life. I believe my seedlings shouldn't be planted out until all risk of frost has passed, is this correct?

Advice required for low maintenance raised beds?

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 08:11

Rosemary is an excellent low maintenance shrub - it's drought tolerant and evergreen, and can be pruned into a manicured look or left to its own devices. As a positive side effect, it sometimes flowers, and you can use it in cooking!

Front and Back Garden Design - no plants!! help please?!!

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 08:23

On the subject of the lawn - we are soon to lay a very small lawn area, and instead of a full blown wildflower lawn which wouldn't really work on our small garden, will encourage wildflowers and introduce some as plug plants - such as bird's foot trefoil - for a more formal wildlife lawn. This way you can choose plants appropriate to the soil type rather than a 'mix'.


How to widen borders which are clay

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 09:16

I have heavy clay - the hellebores are loving it. I found some stuff called 'soil improver' that's pretty cheap, made from recycled garden waste, and well rotted manure can be obtained inexpensively. You could try applying it as a mulch round the base of the plants to keep it from the edges, but building up the height of the bed will improve drainage.

I am a novice and still learning but I have one piece of advice - avoid adding sand. We've just cleared a patio and gravelled area that had been levelled with sand and some parts had turned into something concrete - like!

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