Busy-Lizzie


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How often do you water the garden?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:31

Of course, in winter I don't water and in spring and autumn it depends on the rainfall.

How often do you water the garden?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:30

A lot depends on where you live, the SW gets more rainfall than the East. Also the sort of plants you have and the type of soil, whether it's well drained or holds onto water.


I live in SW France where it can get very hot and dry, so I water flower beds every week or two and the vegetable garden, which is well drained, shallow soil on rock, every 2 - 3 days. I water the plants in pots every other day in summer I always give a good soak, little and often means the water doesn't get down to the roots. I have soaker hoses in the long thin flower beds and I use a sprinkler for the others.


Sometimes there is a water ban, but just here I'm lucky. I ring the local water board and there is usually plenty because of the rocks, caves and underground rivers.

French beans

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:16

They need to be warm to germinate.

ID please :-)

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:14

Well done sanjy!


Note of advice, the cinquefoil has a deep black root, get it all out, it sends off runners and gets everywhere if not kept under control.

Viginia creeper

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:09

You can't! The previous owners of my house planted it over 30 years ago. I am fed up with it and have tried to get rid of it - impossible! It's in flower borders and now the veg garden on the other side of the house. It's even got into the woodland next door and it climbing the trees.


Keep it under firm control once it gets going.

Weed Suppressant Fabric

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:05

I would have suggested digging a trench and lining with plastic or planks of wood, or a strip of metal. I'm surprised the plastic didn't work.


I'm afraid that weed suppressant fabric wouldn't be strong enough. The roots would go under it then suckers would grow up lifting the fabric up. That happened to me with Spirea Billardii.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:54

Morning all.


I'm sure you will be a comfort to your friend Lily P.


Thanks Joyce, best night's sleep for a week.


I had a quiet day yesterday, weather wasn't very good anyway, sorting out the slides and notes for the talk I'm giving on Thursday about creating an English garden in France. I probably won't sleep well tomorrow!


Veg garden needs attention. Don't think the perpetual spinach has germinated, and bean poles and tomato posts need putting up.


I hope you find the cable Dove.

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 08:32

I'm managing, but I still prefer the colour, size and layout before. I prefer the posting of photos now, but I wish you could zoom on them. You can on the Marks & Spencers site and you could on the old GW site, so it can't be impossible. I really liked the email notifications and the go to the last post you read feature.


If the last post read is too hard for this site I have seen a feature elsewhere where the numbers of the pages you haven't read yet are highlighted. Could that work?

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 22:18

Thank you everyone for all the compliments for my garden  There have been some gorgeous photos since mine.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 22:15

Lovely colours, Yviestevie.


David asked " How did your rose renovations go?"  They worked well for Meg and one Mme Alfred Carrière which are romping away, but the other Mme Alfred has finally died. She's been removed, soil changed and a climber called "Belle Epoque", which I had never heard of and was recommended by the man in the nursery, has been planted.

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