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Latest posts by BrummieBen

chilli plant

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 09:43

I never really thought about them needing a minimum temp, but thinking about it, if the temps outside are too low, the plant will just sit there and look at you and not do much else. GH only is probably the best advice, I doff my cap to you marsh !

growing brassicas

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 02:08

Ok, I have deep raised beds, mainly so my roots grow nice, the beds are like 8 inch high, but I dig down a further 8-10 inches sift soil and mix with compost well rotted organic stuff. The problem I have is everything I read about brassicas is they love a firm soil for support, yet I have no dig/ no step on my beds.. Also my soil is acidic, rhods, camelias heather, azelea all do great stright in the ground, and brassicas like lime!!! Only brassica I grow is pak choi, but I do treat it more like a catch crop. Do you think it's worth trying cabbage, sprouts, broccolli etc? And if so, how do I go about the firmness of the soil? I don't want to be compacting the soil in anyway? Cheers in advance.

rooting

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 02:02

pot them up, who knows what may crop up and stop you building the pits. At least if they are in small pots they can tick over for a bit, leave them in water too long and you risk losing them.

What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:59

if it's a climber BL then maybe golden showers?

William Morris principle?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:48

I'm learning this myself, far easier to go with nature than fight it. My gooseberries are stripped to the canes every year, regardless of spraying and netting, Yes I could wrap them up in fleece, bt then is a pain when the wind gets up. I'm going to throw them, and the damn sawfly and grow something I enjoy probably more, blueberries!

Garden Gallery

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:42

dry cleaning offered at very reasonable rates! Well all these coats, some of them will need a clean?

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:27

oh, and regards to the cuttings, nursery bed with good soil/watered etc, using pencil thickness, should be established by autumn, then by next summer easily viable for hedging. I will when I rip the current hedge out, obviously dig a good 18 inch - 2 foot down, clear any bricks stones etc then stick a good foot of manure/organic, then compost/soil mix on top to plant in. Keep it watered and they should get me easy a foot in the first year, and that will be with cutting every 3-4 weeks to maintain density and thickness.

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:21

Ah but I have a plan, yes amongst all the others!!! I have access to plenty of pyrocanta cuttings, what I shall probably try is the pencil thick 12 " heel in to a nursery bed method. (Similar to roses) For a hedge I'm thinking 10-12 " spacing, with a second row behind spaced inbetween. The plants will be cut every month, shears or trimmer to ensure the hedge becomes very tight and thick. After that it's a question of cutting the soft growth every 6 weeks or so. Not so much different from the privet. Hoping the hedge provides shelter and nest sites for birds, also deters people trying to come through or over. Bear in mind this hedge will be starting basically 6 ft above pavement height, so even a couple of foot will stop anybody 'climbing' :P 

You might think I'm mad, but I've just taken a load of Berberis cuttings, to line the trellis fence I put up between myself and the neighbours. It's 4ft high, but because of all the steps, all the pizza and taxi junkmail people vault the fence and it will fall down eventually. Lets see how they like a handful of berberis.. (I'm tempted to setup a camera just so I can laugh)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:09

bah looks like my photos were above the size limit, late now, I'll try to resize when I get up.. toodles

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:07

Ok some pics, here's the clematis I have no idea of the name of!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25298.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 my lovely lupin common as, but I do love it.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25299.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 Some of my mad aquilegia, some are singles, some doubles and some triples, all in a lovely purple/blue

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25300.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 good old papaver, never lets me down.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25301.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 more aquilegia

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25302.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 my lovely broom, 2/3 collapsed after rain a few weeks back, it's too big for the border so was going to go, only half flowered before it collapsed, would have been stunning. Still once it's finished I'll have more room!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25303.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 a type of rhoddy that smells fantastic, if anyone knows the variety please speak up, inherited when I bought the house.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25304.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 alliums

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25305.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 my bush rose about to erupt

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25306.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 When unfurled, again if someone can name that rose I'd be grateful. The plant is about 4 ft high millions of buds and smells divine. It was in a pot with a huge 1 inch thick tap root going in the ground. Now had pot removed and a load of manure and decent soil around it, it's probably going to go mental, and I can't wait. Currently you can smell it from about 10 yards away, so when it enjoys it's new spot, hopefully the flowers will increase substantially.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25307.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 I'll try and stick more up as things happen. Really enjoy seeing other people's ideas and successes! Gives me hope and heart..

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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Last Post: 09/08/2013 at 14:21

clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
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Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 23:07

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
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Last Post: 14/06/2013 at 00:17

bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

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Last Post: 17/05/2013 at 10:00

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 19:53

water those poor souls!

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Last Post: 20/04/2013 at 09:35

Back after a long slog

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Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 22:46

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 09:28

Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 12:09

Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 14:56

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
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Last Post: 11/03/2013 at 19:48

While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Last Post: 08/03/2013 at 19:47

Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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