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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

Mystery Plant

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 12:43

Thanks for your responses- I've taken some more pictures.  The leaves have been changing colour/dropping off for a few months. It is probably evergreen, I just hope it isn't unwell!  We have heavy clay soil, but there doesn't seem to be any waterlogging.



New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 11:54

We've recently taken over a new garden, which was 'low maintenance'- I'm planning to put in a lot of colourful annuals such as marigolds and sunflowers next year, while the rest of the planting is planned/built up. That could give you time to think and work out what works.

I also love lavendar and rosemary. All mediterranean herbs are useful, pretty low maintenance and great for wildlife. Over time herbs like oregano and marjoram can spread and provide good ground cover.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 11:48


New member here- hoping you can help!

Does anyone know what this plant is and how best to prune it? It had small white flowers and then small red berries. The leaves are turning white, then red, and dropping off from the top down - I presume this is due to deciduousness rather than illness? The photo is from a while ago, i can take another/better one if it would help.




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