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Need help to grow lavender :)

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 23:45

I am no expert but with you saying it is a butterfly lavender could it be the less hardy stoechas variety?If it is will need a little protection in winter. It needs full sun if possible and well drained soil, I would suggest that you dig a hole fill to the brim with water and it should go down failrly quickly. If it doesn't dig a bigger hole and put loads of gravel in bottom then some good top soil After flowering cut flower stem to the base and tidy the leaves up to get good shape and it will grow and smell beautiful. I would suggest Lavender Hidcote and Munstead good hardy smelly lavenders  Good Luck

Please! Help!

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 18:45


before you start you need to decide on what you want from your garden, play area ,dog pound, line drying for clothes,patio. I  would suggest you contact your local college and see if they do a garden design course and ask if they can help if not they may be able to steer you to someone who can,By the way can i make this plea dog dodoos and children dont mix.


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 19:36


Does anyone out there know how to sex a courgette?

I have very small veg plot and this year got 2 courgettes to grow 1 has had lots of courgettes(the female i presume) the other lots of flowers but no courgettes(the male?), they are next to each other plenty of room and water but 2nd not forthcoming at all.

Also runners did nothing this year  pencil beans only 2 plants survived and are now doing us proud 1 meal every 2 nights.

beans beans & beans

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 22:48

Has anyone else had problems with their beans?- i started 1st lot of runners and french in the greenhouse total rubbish .Nothing seemed to germinate in May so let it a few weeks tried again sowing outdoors direct into soil middle of June- pleanty of slug pellets etc down so now I have 4 runners out of 20 and NO french beans -seed was bought last year and kept at afairly constant temp indoors and was pretty prolific. Where have I gone wrong? And is it worth trying to grow more now?

Dianthus from Aldi

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 22:36

Has anyone else bought dianthus from Aldi thinking that they were dianthus as I did.Only after a few days they started growing very quickly any the leaves were not strappy and thin, I pinched them out thinking they wre growing leggy but they kept going. Eventually I looked them up with the generic name dianthus ,are they actually sweet willliam? cos if so Ii will have to put tham into a different place and bemoan the fact that I really wanted dianthus like small carnations!

p.s they are over 12 inches tall after only 4 weeks and pinching out but very bushy!

tool advice

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:22

Like Jcblue I have bought both expensive and cheap but will say aldi do great garden tools but try a local auction house they usually have quality old tools at a very cheap price, my favourite hoe is over 100 years old and it is so comfortable to use you could use it all day, no blisters

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:12

I have taken photos most years of the garden especially the white wisteria and the flowering time has always been within 2-3 weeks see how it goes this year but just want to say that the photos have been an inspiration I would have sent some of my hellebores BUT as I have been unable to do any gardening this year asked better half to cut the dead leaves from around my hellebore patch.On going out to see how they were looking saw only 1-2inch stumps and all my lovely hellebores in the compost bin!!! He said he thought they were dead and had to be cut down like the rest of the perennials! I know I have to label plants and weeds but!!!!!!!

tree heights

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 18:23

Thank you all for your advice and I have taken it on board so went to local garden centre and asked about various shrubs trees etc and found a cercis chinensis that was beutifully shaped in a large tub and HALF PRICE but noticed on the label that it said would grow to 1.5 metres- it was already that!, noone could help me find the right height until a lovely girl came armed with a mobile and emailed someone who told her 20 years 20ft and easily pruned .She said that most heights were wrong for plants and even if she looked them up they were contradictory.So again thanks I am going to try the cercis-now to get the gleditsia out from the middle of the shrubbery without hitting the car ,the caravan, our front bay, the bungalow roof ,next door's car...............

tree heights

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 22:52

I have in my front garden a beautiful gleditsia which I have had for about 7 years . It has behaved impeccably until this year when it grew about 5 feet all over and the trunk thickened dramatically. The trouble is that I was told that it would only grow to 12-14 ft and its way beyond that now so it is going to have to go.I have gone to a great deal of checking up to find a tree to replace and was settled on a cercis siliquastrum(Judas tree) but have just discovered that it grows to 10 by 10 meters not the 3-4 I was told.Who is right some books say 3-4 metresand some say 10x10meters? And can you reccomend another to take the gleditsias place -Not Acers have loads in the back garden



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beans beans & beans

problem with my beans 
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Dianthus from Aldi

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tree heights

what do they really mean? 
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