Latest posts by chrissieB


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 06:24
When we were children my cousins had a raised brick built pond that was about 3 ft high - looked like a giant coffin to be honest. BUT I have never seen a pond with so many frogs in it. This was before the days of ' wildlife' gardening so no creature friendly ramps.

At our last house we had a formal pond with raised sides about 10" above the water so I provided a ramp which we never saw the frogs use once so I do think we sometimes worry too much. Obviously a ramp and sloping sides is easier for some creatures but they often find their own way as well

Plants with military associations

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 22:14
Pulmonarias such as 'soldiers and sailors' , 'blue ensign'

Shasta Daisy query

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 18:32
The weather will play a role but there are quite a number of different cultivars of shasta daisy, some which only grow to about 35 cm just over a foot and others which can grow to 1 metre plus.

Lackluster lavender

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 08:25
If you give it a good trim just make sure that you don't go down I to the old wood. It should put on new growth quite quickly but won't flower agin this year, lavenders only ever flower once per season.

RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:06
I've always had lovely plants from Crocus. The only other inline one I have used is Waterside nursery for pond plants a few weeks ago and they were good.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:32
Morning All

Finally feeling back to normal today, although maybe a medicinal rum and ice-cream would help. Maybe not just yet, bit early for me : / might stick to tea for a few more hours....

Work again today - I have taken ages to get anything done this week with feeling so woolly. So am hoping I will get to the allotment this afternoon.

Weather is still fabulous here, we had a little rain at the weekend but not very much. Although rain is forecast from tomorrow, I rather hope it does as my allotment and water butts are very dry.

OL - you sound like you need to have a little R&R. Maybe if you feel a bit run down you should take it easy and see if someone else can do the DoE practice with your son at the W/E? I used to be always on the go when I had youngsters and ignore when my body was trying to say slow down. But it then caught up with me and I was completely knocked out by a virus for about 10 weeks - sleeping about 18 hours a day and still exhausted. Not saying that will happen to you but I did learn that we need to listen to what our system is trying to tell us and not feel guilty for slowing down occasionally.

Dove - love the pictures, one of our favourite places for a getaway is Southwold. We love the walk into Walberswick whatever the weather, you pictures reminded me of when we went last summer and the paths were lined with sea lavender.

Hope everyone has a good day x

Raised Bed Liners

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:21
I agree with Dove about sometimes needing to line the base of raised beds especially if on uneven ground. I have raised beds on my allotment and where the ground is uneven the soil washes through the gaps between the boards and the surrounding ground level. Obviously doesn't matter on an allotment but would be messy and frustrating in your garden.

When I was discussing raised beds with a landscaper he said that he always lined them ( whether wood, concrete or breeze block) as protecting the walls of the bed from the dampness in the soil will prolong it's life. The membrane should ideally be waterproof and it won't cause dampness as it is not enclosing the side it or sealed in anyway.

Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:15
Just thought are you near a brewery?

Some give away their spent hops for free. We have a small local brewery that let's you collect as many bags as you like. They don't have a large amount of nutrients but they help improve the soil condition - and a good soil texture helps the plants take up nutrients more efficiently and is also better at storing nutrients.

You don't need to compost them. You can just dig them in or use as a mulch.

Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:56
Ideally you need two ( or three) but if you only have room for one then that's fine. You just need to realise that it may become full so that there may be times when you can't compost your waste, while you are waiting for it to rot down. Being where it gets some sun will help with speed.

Compost bins work quicker the bigger they are but again if you don't mind it being slower a small bin should be fine - you see lots of quite small ones shaped like little bee hives, I know these are expensive but if you have a look it will give you a feel for the size.

Have you tried looking on freecycle, you may get someone offering a compost bin on there.

Some green manures are also pretty flowers such as phacelia. But they are quite space hungry for the goodness they impart so good for beds but not pots. You could let some grow on to get the flowers and dig the rest in when ready to plant you beds.

If growing beans you could dig a deep trench ready and put compost and shredded newspaper in over the winter. You then bury this and plant the beans above. It helps with nutrients and soil structure and would be another way of composting alongside your bins. You could do this over the whole bed, not just for beans.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 06:16
Good morning everyone

Thanks for all the good wishes, feeling almost back to normal just washed out : /

Catching up on all the threads is a good tonic : )

KEF did you say you were potato tasting in suspenders ?

OL Don't be jealous of those of us with fruit doing well, I have but my veg has being very up and down this year. Even the easy veg like courgettes and beans is playing hard to get this year for me : (

Working at home today, hoping my head will be less woolly than so far this week. Progress and output has being slow and low ( bit like my veg patch.....)

Hope everyone has a good day xx

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