Latest posts by chrissieB

Raised beds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 08:55
3ft sounds quite high for seating unless upu just want so teething for people to perch on/rest against.

The seat of most chairs are about 40 to 45 cm high?

Blanket weed

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 08:50
We used to buy Barley extract and that helped control it very well. If it's a large pond adding a bundle of bale of barley steam also works but for smaller domestic or formal ponds ( where you don't want to look at a hay bale) the extract is very effective.

It didn't get rid of it completely but reduced it considerably. But Doves method works very well especially if you keep on top of it - quite therapeutic at the end of a working day as a very easy but satisfying job to do : )


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 08:35
Thanks Michele, I hadn't spotted that

Tagetes Minuta

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 12:33
I don't think it is that powerful : )

It just releases some compounds that certain plants don't like, similar principle to many other types of companion planting. The only plants I have heard that don't like it are bindweed and ground elder, I would have thought that it would have being mentioned if there were common garden plants it affected in at least some if the articles ( and selling info) I have seen in this.

My sister is trialling it at the moment but having to restart as her slugs seem to be quite partial to it : /

Why does my festalis ismene (Peruvian daffodil, spider Lilly) die after 2 days

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:17
Good point, Dove. I suspect that may well be the reason.

Why does my festalis ismene (Peruvian daffodil, spider Lilly) die after 2 days

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:06
I have read that they have a long vase life so seems strange? Maybe they are quite fussy about how they are treated once picked?

If I have misunderstood and they dies before being picked was it something about the weather as I believe they are quite tender? Did you examine the flowers to see if there was any insect damage?


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:39
Adding lime to clay soil helps improve the soil structure as it causes chemical reactions which create larger soil particles so it can provide the benefits of lawn sand. But it will alter the ph level - if your lawn is also quite yellow and not growing well then it may indicate that it is too acidic and the lime may be the answer. The best time for applying it is in the autumn, not now.

I would ring the garden centre and ask their advice again if you are not sure but If your lawn is green and well and you are just doing your usual routine aerating then just take it back as Buddy says

Cheap alternative for basket / trough liners?

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:31
I've used inside-out compost bags - same method as Daintiness, works a treat. Given the size of the troughs maybe try a cheap pond liner fabric? This would help retain some moisture which weed membrane wouldn't - put some holes in as described for the compost/bin bags.

I say cheap as you don't need it to be the good stuff and it wil be thinner so would probably be slightly more flexible for getting a neat finish


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:26
Oh Mike, I had to laugh at your description of your planned encounter with 'David Attenborough' on the 31st July, I think that commentary would make you and me squirm. And you definitely have my sympathies on the blood tests, I hate them, hope I get to a point when I can watch the claret flow - although I guess we would both prefer never to have got to that stage.

Am glad you have being out in the garden.

Suggestions for filling a small south facing border

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:18
It won't take long to get some if the suggested plants into your border and it will not need much maintenance. A full border is much easier to maintain than a neat one with space between plants for weeds.

The only maintenance you would need would be 5 or 10 minutes now and again and once you and baby have settled down that should be no problem. And when he or she is little then can start to learn about plants and flowers when you are enjoying your garden.

Enjoy your baby and your garden : )

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