Latest posts by chrissieB

building a fruit cage

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 08:25

Hi Linda

the first year or so we just threw the netting over our fruit bushes andheld it down with stones. Worked ok but obviously not great for access and the birds could reach some of the fruit. Then we used those connector balls - they look like little Sputniks and you use them with bamboo canes to build your frame. The neeting just gets thrown over the top and again we used stones and plant pots to weight it down wherever we wanted to be able to get access. On the other sides we tucked it under the canes and I used pegs as clips to hold it all in place. I don't think the connectors cost very much - we got them from the allotment shop.

interestingly we never had to net the raspberries as the birds just ignored those.

Good luck


Last edited: 06 May 2017 08:26:34

Water problem

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 08:19

Hi Pete8

i would check the connections too. We put in three water butts along our greenhouse in January and all three were full by the end of February. Ironically though I am doing the same as you re lugging watering cans as we used the water to fill our relined pond in March - we have had hardly any rain since only enough to get a few cans out of the first butt.

Hope you get it sorted out before we do get rain again and I hope we get some proper rain soon 


Last edited: 06 May 2017 08:20:26

Lilac trees

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 08:18

We hard pruned a very old lilac last year and to be honest I thought we might be digging it out this year but it has lots of new growth and the main stems we left intact has loads of flowers - so definitely worth a try. It's obviously not the first time it has had major surgery as there is a very old and quite large trunk at the centre.

how you describe yours was just how ours looked, so good luck : )

How long from seed to garden?

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 08:10

Well done, Nutcutlet - will keep my fingers crossed for some similar discoveries : )

How long from seed to garden?

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 22:57

Thanks Willdb, have lots of annuals on the go for this year and am beginning to think that cuttings and divisions I should probably the best way to go. Am going to Malvern next week so might treat myself to a couple of plants if I see any with lots of  'dividing' potential

How long from seed to garden?

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 19:46

Thanks for all your replies - you can't put a price on advice based on practical experience 🙂

How long from seed to garden?

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 19:02


I have lost of empty spaces in our newly cleared garden and a limited budget so trying to decide how to use my funds most effectively. Im quite happy and keen to grow some perennials/ grasses on my wish list from seed but want to be realistic about how quickly I will get garden-ready plants (partly re the space and time etc needed for lots of potting on). This seems to be the sort of practical information which isn't readily available so am hoping to pick your brains as to how long any if the following will take to go from seed to garden please or whether plug plants or divisions/cuttings may be the route to go?

Stipa gigantea

Stipa tenuissima

Penisetums Hamelyn and Little Bunny



Helianthus Lemon Queen

Phlomis russelina and Amazone

Thank you!

No leaves

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 10:46

It may be the variety - or is this different to previous years? We have two Asmead Kernel and the leaves open after the blossom And you can't even really see any sign of leaf until they s em to appear from nowhere. Our other tree, unknown cooking apple, only starts to obviously have any leaves whilst the blossom starts to open and then the leaves gradually replace the blossom.

Care and maintenance of a wildlife pond

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 08:01

Not sure why that extra text appeared in the middle of my post - thats from a twitter post at least a week ago ???

Care and maintenance of a wildlife pond

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 08:00

We never had any success using barley straw but you can get a liquid form and that worked much better - just google barley straw extract. Delighted how the fading flowers of Hellebore Anna's Red compliment my Heuchera Green Spice - sultry and seductive #spring #gardenchat

Sent from my iPadDoesn't get rid of it completely but if you take out the bulk and then start using the extract you should get far less and it's organic so no effect on the wildlife or other plants.

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