Latest posts by chrissieB

Poor Germination

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:06
If your trays are going green and slimy it's definitely over watering . If you are also adding tightly covers then they may also be getting too humid which will be exacerbating the problem. Seedlings need good air circulation to help prevent bacterial and fungal infections.

I also suggest that you clear out your greenhouse at the end of the season and give it a really good scrub and clean. The same with your trays. This will also help remove any pests living in cracks and corners of the g/h and pots.

Sorry more plant ID's please

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 07:55
Speedwell can be invasive but it is very pretty. If you are happy with a green lawn rather than one that it is immaculate pure turf then regular mowing will keep it looking green and take off some if not all the blue flowers.

Bees and other insects love it too. So it depends how tidy and controlled you like your garden to be. We had it in our old lawn and it didn't spread very quickly but created a lovely blue haze at one end.

It's quite easy to pull up by hand if it's in borders and you just want to keep it in certain areas

Coffee grounds

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 07:45
I have heard that if you use a thick layer it can dry out and form a solid layer which then repels water so maybe only do 2.5cm (inch) as maximum.

Would be interested to see how you get on

Strange behaviour

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 08:20
Is the 'death' side less sheltered or more windy than the other, it can be quite surprising how different conditions are from a plants point of view? If it is nearer the corner if the house it may be getting more exposure to wind, frost etc

Also maybe this one gets less natural watering from rain than the other one? Maybe due to whats nearby or the roofline?

Also you say it's shadier but not how much more so. If that pot only gets a few hours sunshine whilst the other gets most or larger part of the day maybe you need to go for plants which look similar but enjoy the different conditions.

It's an intriguing mystery do let h&s know if you manage to work it out, good luck : )


Posted: 08/05/2014 at 08:15
I sow mine outside once it starts to warm up, usually with success although obviously later flowers.

Planting under yew tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 08:14
We had a yew tree at the edge of our old garden and grew the following underneath it quite successfully. We did make sure we watered until we were confident the plants had started to establish. The yew was right on the boundary so the trunk was just behind our fence but of course we had lots of roots and overhang in our garden.

Ivy and Jasmine on the fence (clotted cream jasmine - took couple of years before it flowered but romped away after that)
Cyclamen coum and cyclamen hederifolia
Forget me nots (self seemed so no extra care from us ditto the honesty)
Primula vulgaris

We did mulch each year with home made compost to help boost the soil

There are also some lovely ferns which will tolerate dry conditions

The other alternative is to grow what you can but also use pots to brighten the area which you can either swap and change for seasonal colour or leave permanently in place

Our last garden was surrounded by mature trees and so shady and full of roots. When I moved in I was wishing for a sunny garden but by the time we left enjoyed our shady woodland garden and had thoroughly enjoyed learning and experimenting with what would we could grow successfully

Shady space question

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 21:03
My hubbies has reminded me that we grew potatoes and runner beans quite successfully at our old house and the garden there was quite shady

Shady space question

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 19:04
The motto I heard was that anything where you eat free fruit or root needs sun. But if we aeg the leaves, stem or buds then you can get away with partial shade.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 08:47

Uk safari is quite good as well 


My white pom pom tree has turned pink??

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:34

The name is confusing as they can be white or pink and as we can see from this post not reliably one or the  other!

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