Latest posts by chrissieB

Miracle Grow seeds

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 09:59
They are doing a trial of some if these on Beechgrove, will be interesting to see how they turn out

Any ideas

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 11:17
Don't make the common mistake of putting a tiny narrow border around the garden. A larger planting space, whether in the ground or as a raised bed, will be much more successful. An idea would be to do a larger bed in two opposite corners. These can the be generously planted and climbers can be trained to reach across the neighbouring wall or fence.

Raised beds can also help give a sense of lush planting in a smaller garden as it raises the planting up.

What about some low level planting in the shingle, creating a gravel garden. Some low growing herbs such as creeping mint and thyme can cope with being walked on occasionally and will release lovely scents as you do so.

You could fix some hanging pots or wall troughs to the side walls to increase your planting space.

Enjoy your garden, we currently have only a small verandah 3ft by 11ft so I am feeling quite jealous of the space you have : )

Low maintenance, wild life friendly lawn

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:37
Clover is a good choice for shady, damp areas but a mix of plants might be nice to try especially as clover can be quite short lived so it may be patchy?

Creeping mint and mind-your-own business would be fine in shade and give you a green sward with no mowing or maintenance? The mint would also be lovely when walked on, although both won't cope with a lot of traffic

Also could you encourage moss to grow as it can look fabulous like rich green velvet, ironic as many of us spend hours getting rid of it from lawns : )

flame of the forest looking very drab :(

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:26
Is it in acid/ericaceous soil as that's what they like. You also ideally need to use a feed suitable for ericaceous plants to get the real benefits as they take up nutrients esp nitrogen differently.

Also although they like a bit of moisture they don't like to have wet feet so need well draining soil.
They can also need some protection over winter when young so it may have just suffered from frosts and wind if it is in an exposed spot?

A prune to tidy it up and a bit of tender care may well restore it for a better show next season

New garden - tree roots everywhere

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:19
I agree with Welshonion.

Grinding out the stumps and then using weed killer on any saplings that sprout from the roots will kill it over time. Ash is very very tough but you will win so don't get too disheartened. The roots are probably still quite 'fresh' as it sounds as if the trees have only being removed recently? They should rot and weaken over time becoming easier to remove so you could go for raised beds and then gradually tackle the roots one area at a time.

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.

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