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Latest posts by Calendula

Best and worst

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 09:53

Best is harvesting veg, but after that I do enjoy turning out a compost bin. I have just done my 'winter' one and have lots of lovely sieved potting compost waiting for use. I don't enjoy hedge-cutting much but me and OH do it together so it's quite companionable. I agree with Obelixx about the hardest being just to sit and enjoy it.

Poor Lawn.

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 09:40

I echo the advice to dig the lawn up, but why not go further and not relay it? I gave up on a lawn 5 years ago and have never looked back. No more boring mowing and a much more interesting (and full) garden.


Posted: 05/02/2013 at 14:44

My response to heavy, clogging, noisy machines which ripped rather than cut the grass? Dug up the grass and grew vegetables instead! Much more rewarding.

The uses of rainwater

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 09:53

Completed. A much more interesting topic than I chose for my Geography dissertation!

Talkback: Learning from 2012

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 16:16

I'm with Sue H. Extreme weather can mean extreme heat, or extreme drought, or extreme cold, not just extreme wet. We could experience all or none of the above in the next few years, just like in the last few. Using last year as a benchmark is very short-sighed IMO.

Just keep on growing what you like and will do well in your soil conditions.

Where is Nigel?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 14:18

Perhaps he has turned out to be a Nigella and will reappear with a few Nigelissimas in tow.

New Garden, need help to design

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 15:52

It clearly needs lots of TLC to get it fit to grow anything! Random thoughts in no particular order:

Do you have pets? Children? Factor their needs in. How much time do you want to spend in it? (will dictate annual versus perennial mix). Do you need a lawn? (you'll never get a decent one in shade) Assuming you don't spend the winter taking that up, digging it all over and adding as much compost/manure as you can. See where the sun falls (remembering it wil be different in summer). Test the soil. Look to see what you like that is growing in neighbouring gardens - it will do well in yours.

North facing is tricky for veg - I would start off with a small raised bed in the sunniest spot. Easy stuff - runner beans, lettuce, herbs etc.

Get the structure in first. Think about hard landscaping - paths, benches etc.

You won't get it 'right' first time - or even ever. It's a lifelong addiction - good luck!

rooms in my garden

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 15:46

I divide my garden using a couple of espalier apple trees tied to wire and posts at a slight diagonal bout 1.3 metres high. Right from the first blossom to leaf-fall they make a very effective screen, so you don't see the whole garden at once, but are easily reached to prune when the time comes. This year I have also used a bean wigwam to block out the view of the house from a bench overlooking a pond. The bench catches the early evening sun so it's great to sit there without being able to see buildings and watch the bees on the bean flowers and dragonflies catching their supper over the pond.

Does Anyone Know What This Mauve Flowered Plant Is Please?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 13:41

It will grown in any soil in any aspect and once you have it you will never get rid of it. Second only to foxgloves in my garden for seeding in unwanted places.

Talkback: How to clean bird feeders

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 10:42

I'm with Jag - you are all bonkers! Leave them out in the rain empty for a few days if it bothers you that much. If life is too short to stuff a mushroom (according to Shirley Conran) it's far too short to faff about cleaning bird feeders.

Discussions started by Calendula

Mystery stowaway

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Pepper problem

Can anyone help with what's causing this 'rotting' of my bell pepper skins? 
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Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' - few flowers

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ID please

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Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

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Last Post: 06/05/2013 at 09:43

Help needed: robust rain protection

Can anyone recommend a good folding umbrella? 
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