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a plant for all seasons

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 18:01

Or Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’, or Nandina Domestica.

Rambling Rector

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 17:45

My brother in law had one that he planted to grow into a big tree (forgotten what sort of tree). In a few years it was sticking out of the top. Don't think he ever pruned it.

spades

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 17:39

Make sure it has a flat top to put your boot on when digging, not sharp shoulders. I like stainless steel as it slides through the earth better. And it needs a decent length of metal up the handle to strengthen it.

Manure for beds and pots

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 17:36

If it's dark and crumbly and doesn't smell you can use it now.

Diasica

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 17:32

I just buy new plug plants each year, mail order, they arrive end of March.

First time allotment owner in need of advise :)

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 17:31

The best and most ecological way is to dig all the weeds out, just hard graft. The other way is to use a weedkiller, such as glyphosate, unless your allotment rules forbid it.

First things I would sow, and can be done now, are broad beans, peas and onions or onion sets. Then potatoes. Later, when the ground warms up you can try anything really that takes your fancy. Read the seed packets. After the frosts have finished you can plant out tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and peppers. Build a frame for runner beans and sow them. They like manure and compost.

Border Renovation & Plant ID

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 17:24

I studied the photos and enlarged them by clicking on them, thought of my answer, but nutcutlet got there first! Not much more to say, but does the geranium pic 5 have a strong smell? I see it's an early flowerer, could be Geranium macrorrhizum, good in shade and difficult places.

Recommendation for a climber

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 13:29

Is the wall sunny or shady? Hydrangea seemanii.

English Ivy Everywhere

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 13:25

I hate it too. I have old stone walls and it gets right into them. I kept a bit to let it mature for the birds but now it's big and seeds itself all over the place. It's a nightmare when it gets into the borders. Some of it is behind climbing and rambling roses so I can't get at it.

aym - Pat lives in New South Wales, Australia. If you click on a person's name and they have written something about themselves you can read it.

RIP Cliff Michelmore & Paul Daniels

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 13:12

My father used to watch Tonight in the sitting room after work when I was small. We couldn't disturb him until it was over. Cliff Michelmore lived in Reigate, Surrey, then which was were we lived until I was 11. Used to see him sometimes, he was very tall. 96 is a good age though.

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