Latest posts by Calendula

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.

Garden Hoses

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 13:41

You can buy storage wheels which have a handle and make it easy to wind the hose up. Mine has a short length of hose with the tap connector on it, plugged into the wheel 'hub' which then has another connector onto which you plug the hose itself. Easier to use when the hose is warm and therefore pliable, but it does store it neatly and without kinks

where can I get a plant trolley

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 17:11

Why not wait until you get there and buy one? You will be spoilt for choice.

Securing Greenhouse Base to Paving Stone Base

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 13:17

I ask why you need to secure it at all? I have a similar-sized greenhouse on a concrete base and I have never bothered to secure it. It's never moved as far as I'm aware.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 13:13

Why don't you just let them set seed and then pull out the ones you don't want?. Re surviving and growing in the compost - yes, very likely. But, again, you can aleays pull out the ones you don't want

Tomatoes And Herbs

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 13:05

I only ever use multipurpose compost for my tomatoes and they do fine. I mix it with garden soil but that's more for warter retention that nutrition. As long as they are fed and watered regularly they won't mind. As for the herbs - it depends which ones. Things like rosemary and tarragon prefer poor soil.

Suggestions for a bit of privacy...

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 14:49

But wouldn't anything planted there shade the garden behind it and so prevent you enjoying the evening sun? For me the warmth and sun would trump any need for privacy. A cheery "good evening!" should prevent the starers.

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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Help needed: robust rain protection

Can anyone recommend a good folding umbrella? 
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