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Latest posts by bookmonster

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!

small trees that attract birds

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:09

We have a rowan in the front - it is very compact, growing in a flower border. We also plan to get some cordon apple trees to train. They will take up very little space, and good for the bees. I will probably be fighting the birds for the apples!

Mystery Plant (Again)

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 17:40

Great, I'll give it a go!

Bit the bullet! Here comes spring...

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 08:44

I hope so! The weather is certainly improved this weekend.

Mystery Plant (Again)

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 08:40

Thanks, that looks likely! I don't remember what the leaves were like yesterday, and I don't remember seeing flowers or berries, but we only moved in last year. Would you cut right down to the base, or leave a bud or two? Thanks!

Mystery Plant (Again)

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 08:31

Hi! Thanks to everyone who helped identify my photinia. Does anyone know what this tall thing is? It's ok at the moment as it's just bare branches and buds, but it blocked the light from the window last year. I'd like to find out if it can be pruned and how big it will get.

I can take more detailed photos if required. Thank you!

new border for boring garden

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 20:08

That's my plan nigelcoad - I also have a new (sadly not full sun) border on clay soil and am trying to put in the perennials slowly as I work out how much room there is - I will fill out with annuals while things get established (which I believe should also help the heavy soil). How about box for the evergreen?

Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 20:03

I'm in York - just started tomatoes, peppers and spring onions on the windowsill with some perennial seedlings, the only things I have outside are spinach under pop bottle cloches. They're just starting to appear - I planted them in a fit of enthusiasm with left-over seed when it was sunny. Can't get too carried away as we're waiting for some good weather to create the veg patch!

Spring -summer

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 12:49

Thanks Bunny - I hope it will be when all the hard work is done. We're aiming for an open-all-year nectar bar.

Discussions started by bookmonster

Gloobe Artichoke/Perennial Veg

Advice needed! 
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Plant Ideas Needed

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Last Post: 08/07/2014 at 12:25

Caterpillar ID

What's eating my Soloman's Seal? 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 16:27

Poorly Pear Tree

Can you help identify the problem? 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 11:22

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Pest and Cold Protection 
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Last Post: 28/09/2013 at 10:01

Tomato Problems

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Last Post: 14/07/2013 at 06:37

When is a harebell not a harebell?

Identify the mystery plant! 
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Last Post: 11/07/2013 at 19:16

Mystery Plants with Mystery Illness

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Last Post: 10/05/2013 at 22:01

Mystery Plant (Again)

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Last Post: 31/03/2013 at 17:40

Mystery Plant

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