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Latest posts by bookmonster

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.

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

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Mystery Plant (Again)

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Mystery Plant

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