Latest posts by chrissieB

Affordable planters

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:43

Ther are some online retailers that do larger containers try Primrose. Alternatively you could look on some of the agricultural supplies sites if you like the look of metal troughs - you can get quite large ones reasonably priced and you just need to put some drainage holes in the bottom and voila a lovely large planter. you may find similar at a reclamation yard but they may be dearer sourced from there.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 14:44

Tanks to everyone for replies and comments. Will experiment wig and without and report back.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:38

Thanks Verdun and can I sneak in another question?

i haven't done hydrangea cuttings before and wonder how long it will take to get a garden ready plant? Ditto with hardy fuchsias - I don't mind the wait as we now have the space for a cuttings nursery but just curious and want to be realistic in my expectations 

Shed stain advise please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:35

Hi Lou

I would definitely query it with the manufacturer as it may be a faulty batch.

We did an old bench recently in cuprinol garden shades and two coats was easily sufficient to give us a good depth of colour. We didnt need to use masking tape but from memory it wasn't so thin that I would have expected any problem so could well be that you've got a dodgy batch.

When to scarify...

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:30

We have recently used an organic fertiliser and moss killer in our lawn and it's worked a treat. It contains fungi/bacteria which dissolve the moss which then in turn feeds the grass and means that you don't have to scarily.

I'm guessing we should still scarify  occasionally to remove the old grass thatch but the difference re the moss is amazing just afternoon one 'treatment' a couple of months ago. And hopefully will mean lighter work when we do scarify.

we used one called Mo Bactor ( which sounds like a character out of a tv soap) Which we ordered online.


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:23


Has anyone used myrtle as a low hedge? Just wondering on your experiences or views. 

Am planning a simple knot garden and thought myrtle might be an attractive alternative to box as the scent is so lovely when you brush against it. 

We are in Birmingham and the area is quite sheltered and sunny so hoping winter frost won't be a problem.

Myrtle communis tarentina is the variety I was considering but only based on an article which cited this as good for low growing hedges although it didn't say how low - I am thinking of 30-45cm/ 12-18" in old monies

thanks Chrissie

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:59

I can't help with the ID but if you like the look of it keep it. Many people consider forget me nots and herb robert as weeds but I love and keep both, and just whip out any in the 'wrong' place.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:56

I'm now in two minds as your garden always looks so stunning in the pictures you post Verdun. I think I will get some fresh RP but will do half and half just to see. I'm planning on lots of cuttings this year as we have a new, large garden to fill so the higher the success rate the better.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:19

Thanks Punkdoc, that saves me a trip to the GC 

Not had an apple for years!

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:11

Letting in more light will probably make a big difference.

Pruning may increase a crop but most fruit trees will still flower and fruit without been pruned. You would have to be very aggressive to prune enough to kill the tree, the worst you might do is reduce the amount of flower and fruit for the following season but it should be ok after that.

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