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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Weed membrane and perennials

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:20

I have used a membrane covered with bark chippings in a shrub bed successfully. Shrubs stay where they are put. I cut crosses in it for planting holes.

But some years ago I tried with perennials, I would not advise it. Clumps of perennials increase in size and when they can't then some of them spread their roots sideways and pop up in the planting holes of others. The membrane makes it very difficult to work with. Bark or a good mulch is much easier to cope with, but you will always have to do a certain amount of weeding in a bed of perennials.

Second hand greenhouse advice please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:14

Make sure the instructions come with it. If you see one you like look up the make on Google and see if spare parts are available from their website.

Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:11

Sorry, don't think that is normal - at least mine aren't like that. Have you let them dry out?

runner bean seeds

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:09

Scarlet Emperor nearly always does well for me in the SW of France. Tried several others but they can't manage the hot weather in July and August. If SC loses it's flowers when it's hot then it always does a good crop in October.


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:07

Morning all.

I picked my first bunch of sweet peas yesterday and the kitchen is full of their scent.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 23:13


Here is my first vase full this year. The kitchen is filled with their scent.



Posted: 24/05/2015 at 17:41

Lucky you! Leave out dog or cat food or mince or chopped boiled eggs and water in a shallow bowl, never milk or bread. It will eat your slugs when it's bigger.

Idenitfy this plant

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 17:38

So do I, definitely clematis.


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 17:36

What a lucky nephew Verdun has!

Been planting up pots and troughs. Cup of tea time.


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 08:41

Morning all.

Why no cake Clari - are you on a diet?

Just had a jam doughnut for breakfast.

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