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Latest posts by chicky

Tools for gardening club

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:35

I would look at hand tools as something they will be able to manage easily - trowel, hand fork etc. You can also get small spades and forks ( normally called "ladies" or "border".) 

Trugs for weeds etc are also good.  

Often the supermarket schools tokens leave gardening equipment available.  And checkout the RHS website as they have a big "gardening for schools" campaign going at the moment and might have a few factsheets/ handy tips.  Have fun 


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:22

Blackest - i can almost smell that mint! Wonderful pics


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:14

You can get dwarf Rhodies that do ok in pots, but I doubt if it would work digging up established ones. Do you know if you have acid soil?

what plants to use

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:11

One of the ground cover campanulas might be nice (think the variety is portenschlagia - although that spelling is probably wrong) it flowers profusely most of the summer for me, and keeps it's leaves in the winter too. It can spread a bit, but if your soil is surrounded by paving that would stop it.


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 08:48

Morning all.  So glad you are feeling better today Andy - enjoy your treat tonight.

KEF, you have it so right about the good memories - it's what makes sense of it all.

No gardening today as I am off to Woodgreen!  WW, here I come !!

Acer advice needed

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 10:59

Sounds lovely Daisy

I bought an acer from a nursery at Hampton court last year. Her advice was only to pot on one size at a time, and always to do it before the end of July.  She said that when they are repotted their roots grow like mad to find the sides of their new pot, and if they have to go too far, or too late in the season, then they exhaust themselves trying.  Hope this helps.  If your terracotta pot is too large, you could always use a plastic one for this year, and sit it inside the real one til next year.


Posted: 15/06/2013 at 10:53

Jeannie, so long as you keep it well watered through this first summer I would think it will be fine.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 09:56

Weeping willow - (just not too close to the house)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 09:48

Love looking at this thread.  Skyrunner, your garden is so pretty, and packed full of plants - just the way I like them.  Love your path too.  QR your close ups are wonderful  - I love buckeye belle, the colour is so incredibly rich (mine opened its buds this week too, after keeping me in suspense for weeks).

and welcome Nicky B - you too have a lovely space.  Gardening with small children (and a bump!) is a whole new challenge - how do you manage??


Posted: 15/06/2013 at 09:26

Morning all- planting up my patio pots today. Still have gusty winds swirling around.

but sunshine so shouldn't complain.  Fingers crossed for WW.

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