Latest posts by BrummieBen

Soil drainage

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 05:13

personally have 9 inch beds. but on building dug down a further 10 inches.. at the bottom, (i have clay soil) forked the lot over and mixed in loads of organic stuff, then put the soil for the bed on top..

can anyone tell me what layed these

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 05:10

If they are in a damp area. they are NOT going to be ladybird eggs or anything else for that matter, most likely some form of mollusc, typically slug or snail, if they look black, you've caught them just in time, they are hours away from hatching.. gleefully sweep them away and cackle as another generation fail to wolf your Hostas!!! Sorry was that too dramatic?

New path a lot higher than grass level

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 05:02

Blue Onion has the idea, if you build up the area, protect the fencing! It WILL die a rotten death otherwise!!! If you don't wish to build up near the fence, then a slope is the way, depending on sunlight, you could put a border in, be thankful I can place primulas in about 12 ft of my place which is less than 1% of my area.. and that's only due to a windbreak I put up myself!!! Envision what you would like, read the ground conditions and light, choose your plants accordingly, if they die or are unhappy revise.. It's all a balancing job, it's part of the fun! (Allegedly!)

Pet safe?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 04:55

a rake (spring-tine) or, if you have a cartridge system on your mower like mine, a lovely cartridge that get's rid of the moss and sticks it into the front collector. Afterwards simply sow seed then a barrow full of 2/3 sharp sand to top-soil mix on top will suffice.. If no motorised action, read spring-tine rake, (and be careful, it's hard hard work, heartattack material) Do a little each day til it's done, then as above!!!

Overwintered Dahlias

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:26

oh btw, as it wasn't clear, I DID shift them into frost free about november, the tubers on the top prob got chilled hence the rot, but hopefully the rest were fine.. It's a lesson I shall learn..:P

Room 101

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:19

yeah I'd say long meadow too, I'd say 98% of the audience don't have 5 or 10acres, so when you are splitting perennials or daffs or whatever, highly unlikely you have a convenient spot on the sprawling estate of a handkerchief.. Mind, we should all be taken to task, especially in cities, where it is all too easy to live amongst people and not even know their name.. If you have extra, take the opportunity to share some enjoyment, matters not colour creed or religion, everyone loves flowers/plants.. Share some of your love.. (And don't grow weed.. that's a big no no!)


Warm sunny days

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:10

I agree, our planet never ceases to amaze from one year to the next.. Currently I have one cheeky magpie who comes and shouts at me til I give him peanuts! No fear at all.. and when my elderly cats come on the garden, he just shouts at them, doesn't fly at all lol!!! I really enjoy this time of year, such hope and such beauty, hope everyone else enjoys it too.

Bargain Plants

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:06

Hey paul, a few years back T+M offered a tree peony at a couple of quid after I had bought 50 quid or something.. so I obliged.. on receiving the order I found I actually had two what with the roots all wrapped around.. I planted, 3 years later both thriving, and now near 16 inches across and 5-7 buds, and the flowers are fantastic, they don't blow away like normal peonies, much tougher, next year should be double figures!!! I found excellent stuff in poundland the other day, can't wait for the result tbh.. once I've beefed them up with a good year of food, (considering removing flowering buds this year,) next year will be easily 15-20 quid in b+Q lol..


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 23:39

lol @ people moaning about oaks.. if I had one, above about 2 feet!!! I'd be downright outraged.. These days with everyone wanting to be so 'clean' with their gardens, we have to save all the 'big' ecosystems we can.. Much as I hate it, queen wasps are 'saved' from the greenhouse, ie, 3 litre bottle of pop bottle with no bottom (excellent cloche btw) and a random seed packet to hold the end while removing to the door. Wasps are a pain in autumn no doubt, but for most of summer them little girls do an excellent job on caterpillars and even aphids, I've seen them gathering a load up in their jaws and forelegs and flying off.. I'm still planning a pond, got to 'float' it past the missus though!! Loads of frogs and newts here, find them all the time in the garden so hopefully will have a quick transition to fully functional.. Only worry I have is it will be full south facing sun throughout summer It will however be about 14ft by 6 ft, and probably 3-4ft deep.. going to be uber!!!

Overwintered Dahlias

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 22:31

patience.. patience.. and more.. I have some lovely giant dahlias, grown in pots in a nice free draining sandy compost I mixed.. I let them dry totally out in september, and then have just started watering 2 weeks back.. There was nothing for ages, several of the tubers on surface were rotten, squidged under my finger.. now today I see shoots.. patience is a virtue!!! The guys I'm talking about make flowers near 10" across, this year I'm making cuttings!!!

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