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Clarify the drought pls!

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 21:20

Drip irrigation is allowed. See Kitchen Garden page 6, News

Encouraging birds to the garden

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 21:18

Woodpigeons are also heavy feeders on Ivy berries.

Gravel Garden

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 21:52

Hi I visited Beth Chatto's garden in Essex yesterday and was very impressed. I came away thinking about creating a small gravel garden. I have some thoughts but wondered has anyone else got one and can share any tips.

Allotment planning

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 21:48

The best idea is to note what the existing allotment holders are doing. Usually you should aim to have your rows North/South so one side gets sun whilst it rises in the East then the other side receives sun as it sets in the West.

If you plant East to West the North side will receive little sun.

Clarify the drought pls!

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 21:43

You can water from cans. You really ought to be saving as much as you can into butts.  I have several around the garden off sheds and the greenhouse and will be tapping into the bungalow roof guttering next. Also let the cover on the picnic table form pockets which collect water then drain these off into buckets.

Water saving tips also include regular hoeing in between plants so any dampness, dew etc get soak down to the roots and use plenty of mulch such as compost, old leaves or even gravel or bark chippings.


Posted: 09/04/2012 at 21:37

Sunflowers are well worth growing and Teasel as Botticelliwoman says. When the birds, usually Goldfinch have eaten the teasel seeds you can replenish by gently sprinkling nyger seed over the empty Teasel heads.. Goldfinch also like thisle and Dandelion seeds.

Encouraging birds to the garden

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 21:32

Unfortunately roses will not really attract the insect species beneficial to birds.

Before planting trees think about the long term effects, blocking light, annoying the neighbours, roots growing into drains etc,  Having looked at this, some varieties of crab apple are good for birds, as is Rowan and Silver Birch. Cotoneaster is very good and so too is Elder , though not everyones favourite to have in the garden and it self sets everywhere.

You could consider fruit bushes like Blueberry, Raspberry, but personally I would rather pick them myself, than leave them for the birds!

after watching Sarah Raven

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 21:20

A few comments to make on previous postings. Soil does not want to be too fertile, sometimes if converting an existing garden it pays to scrape a couple of inches off. It really depends on what you want to create as to what needs doing. Usually a particular habitat is created i.e. a flower meadow, boggy area, woodland area etc.  Builders rbble will need moving if it going to be mown a couple of times a year, or if you are going to lay a sheet to retain water.

Ensure your seeds or plugs are sourced from native stock, each to their own but I would question Poundland.

Buddleia is great for butterflies but is not native even though, as Botticelliwoman says it thrives anywhere.

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