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TOTAL GROUND CLEARING

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:34

Not sure what you are asking here. You have cleared the ground, dug out the weeds and have planned how you are going to cover and fill the area...all sounds that you are doing the right things in the right order and making a good job of it.

As you also say, glysophate is no good on bare soil but if any weeds do reappear next year you have the glysophate to zap them when they are in good growth.

You seem to have answered your own question - I think - or have I missed something ? 

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 08:28

Really good advice. We bought hard wood furniture years ago and my husband treated it with oil/varnish too - when it was new and he was enthusiastic! Only now as the varnish is wearing off are we beginning to get that lovely silver colour - it looks better now than it did when we bought it imo. Never thought of using the pressure washer though but could speed up the process of losing the varnish in some parts. We leave our outside over winter too now!

Capel Manor College - which campus?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 20:52

I studied at the Castle Green Campus in Dagenham a few years ago(I think they only do floristry and balloons there now). I would recommend you go to Capel Manor itself as our tutor had to transport flowers, foliage, compost etc to our site which was a secondary school and we got no actual hands on work. I travelled to the Capel Manor campus for my Level 2 exam and enjoyed my afternoon after the exam wandering around the grounds, which are lovely.

The people on my course all had different reasons for being there - career; enthusiastic amateur gardeners; setting up a business. The age range was 20s - 50s with a fairly even split of men and women.

I passed the exam and thoroughly enjoyed the course; tutor was fab - now retired; learnt alot and still use the booklets of various aspects of horticulture on a regular basis.

Good luck!

street-cleaning-in-our-cul-de-sac

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:15

Congratulations Joyce! This is wonderful news for you and your neighbours - well done!

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 21:36

Looks as though you have made a great start with the clearing of the site and the laying of a lawn.

If you have access to some well rotted horse manure from a local stables - quite often free, it would be a great addition to your garden. As has been previously mentioned, improving your soil and the hole that you dig will pay dividends as your shrub is going to be there for a long time.

Autumn is a good time to plant shrubs as the soil is still warm and it is easier to keep new plants well watered to get them established. Sometimes though you  get a better range of plants in the GC when that plant is in flower or sometimes you like to see a shrub in flower before you buy... and sometimes its an impulse buy!! 

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 19:26

Hi StanyeWest or should that be StanyeNorth - North London clay should let you grow acidic plants.

A camellia avoiding early morning sun would be nice - evergreen shiny foliage, reds available, spring flowering (if you are near an Aldi - reaonably priced ones are usually available in the new year)

A Nandina domestica - sprays of creamy flowers in May/June, evergreen with different coloured foliage throughout the year, red berries in winter.

A Hibiscus for summer flowers - red available 

Full shade - Hydrangea petiolaris is a climber that likes shade - bright green foliage in spring, white flowers in May, yellow leaves in autumn and a tracery of red brown stems in winter - it would need some support in order to help it climb but it is a lovely plant; maybe ferns - Monty Don planted some on last week's Gardeners' World. 

I'll have a think about your shady side - I'm assuming it faces north. No sun at all not even one end or part way up your fence? I'm assuming you have a fence...

Hope this helps.

I cant stay logged in

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 19:11

All my post reminders are going in my spam box!! I have now stopped them and click on followed threads to catch up on threads I am interested in.

However I have been typing away some beautiful replies and then hit a button near the back space button and I lose the whole lot!! Not sure which button I am hitting but very very frustrating  - if I could have found a face with steam coming out of ears I would have posted it !

Identify please

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 14:23

Nigella or Love in a mist

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 13:59

Could you give us a bit more detail about your garden in order for you to get better answers. We all have our favourite shrubs but not all will be suitable for your garden so....what part of the country are you in? What is your soil like - sandy, clay etc? What is the the ph of your soil - if you don't know, look in gardens around you if there are rhododendrons and camellias growing then it will be acidic. Is you gadren exposed to high winds or a wind tunnel? What kind of feel are you after - formal or cottage garden feel ...How much shade does your shady border get? 

Tree and bush dieback

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:52

There is very little else you can do about this. Ceanothus seems to be prone to this. Mine came into bud, half the bush died, the other half flowered and then died! I pruned but to no avail, unfortunately 

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