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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Your Favourite Tools

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:17

I like my little hand fork for weed and loosening the surface of the soil, but they don't seem to sell them any more here.

Heated Bench

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:12

Years ago in a previous house I had a lovely greenhouse with a big sort of coldframe in it which was full of sand with a cable buried in it. It was great. I sowed all my seeds in trays in it. Now I just have my old dog's (she died) plastic bed which I've filled with damp sand and put a warming cable in it. It's in the greenhouse and I have electric propagators for sowing seeds, but when they are up I put them in the dog bed and cover it with clear plastic when frosts are expected.

Best and worst

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:05

It's planting for me too, you're all full of hope and imagination! Worst is weeding, same weeds as Obelixx, especially when weather has been very wet or very dry so ground is like concrete!


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:00

Early potatoes grow best if they have chitted. Doesn't matter so much with late ones. It's best that the leaves come up after the frosts have passed, so, depending where you live, April is fine. Tradition is Good Friday, but Easter is early this year and it moves about and Good Friday may not be convenient!!

just made my 1st ever hanging baskets

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 22:54

May I just add that Sweet Williams (which are biennials) are really better planted in the garden than in a hanging basket. They are hardy and can go outside in a flower bed now, but they flower in early summer and won't carry on through summer to autumn like petunias and other half hardy annuals.

Growing Garlic

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 22:47

I've heard that blood, fish and bone is the best, but here is a link to the RHS advice about growing garlic.

Trees that provide cover for a small garden please!!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:23

What about a mixed hedge with shrubs such as photinia Red Robin, Philadelphus, hawthorn (birds like the berries) with the odd small tree at intervals, like crabapple, rowan, amalanchier. I don't know the length of the area you want to plant. Here is a website full of hedging plants.

Lavender hedge!!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:15

I would be inclined to leave them. Once the growing season starts properly they will grow new leaves and the brown ones on the bottom will fall off.

small trees that attract birds

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:12

Hawthorn, Rowan (mountain ash), crab apple.

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:01

Sooooooooooo cute!


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Garden Gallery 2014

photos of our gardens 
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Does anyone recognise this cactus like plant?

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Thank you to Tech team

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no emails as well as small text

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why do everyones reviews say they've reviewed 1237 plants 
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Why did you all start gardening?

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uploading photos

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