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Latest posts by bookmonster

Spring -summer

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 09:13

I'm aiming for a year round nectar bar but late spring/early summer will be a bit of a gap. I'm planning to get apple cordons which would flower in spring, and possibly bird's foot trefoil and snakeshead fritillary for the lawn, when we've laid it. 


Posted: 17/02/2013 at 08:47

How is your soil used? A book i have recommends growing things in it to break it up. I know that can be easier said than done with clay soil, but having dug in plenty of organic material last autumn I'll be filling in all the gaps in my border with annuals this year. On the plus side clay soil is supposed to be very fertile, and there are some plants that like it.

We're also cheating and putting in a raised bed for veggies.


Planting Ideas

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 08:30

Have you thought of climbers? Honeysuckle would grow up the fence, and provides berries, and climbers will eventually provide a good structure.

How To Start Veg Growing

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 08:38

In containers, I've had the most luck with salad like spinach and rocket. It's a very rewarding crop as it can be expensive to buy! You can keep taking leaves all summer.

We've dug some composted-garden-waste type soil improver into our clay soil as it's only £3.50 a bag from the local garden centre, and it's made worlds of difference so don't give up on your soil.


last years compost

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 08:21

I grew potatoes a few years ago, in coir compost that is excellent at retaining moisture. I use it to plant up tubs of annuals and herbs, with added fertiliser, or as potting compost, but I would get fresh for any more potatoes or tomatoes.


The uses of rainwater

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 08:14

Done! Very interesting

What veggies are you planning on growing 2013?

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 17:26

We're planning runner beans, chantenay red core carrots and courgettes for the raised bed we've not built yet. There's garlic already getting tall, and rocket and spinach will go in the gaps. Not sure where the spring onions, tomatoes and peppers are going - we were given the seeds.

Feeding blackbirds

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 08:22

In our garden the pigeons and starlings feed the blackbirds! I fill up the tray on the feeding station, and hang fatballs. The pigeons, doves and starlings make a right mess - and the blackbirds clear it up!

Mystery Plant

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 13:05

That looks like the best match  yet - thanks!  Is it right that it would be best to leave pruning it until the spring?


Mystery Plant

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 12:46

you may have hit the nail on the head with Stransvesia davidiana, Nutcutlet! From a google image search that may be it.

It was indeed a catalpa in the background, sadly our garden is far too small for such an impressive tree and it had to go. we're planning on some more appropriately sized cordon apple trees

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