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Help needed in idenityfing a plant

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 21:19

Yes, I agree with Salino and nutcutlet. Looks identical to the picture in my RHS book.

Help needed in idenityfing a plant

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 19:53

Looks like a spirea but difficult to be sure without seeing the leaf as well.

Evergreen bushes

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 18:55

What sort of aspect will the pot have? N/S/E/W -Centre of garden, against a wall; sheltered; exposed; is it to screen; what style are you after? You will get a better answer if you can give a little more detail 

Removing Slabs; Putting down a Bed

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 18:38

How many slabs are we talking and how wide is the area in question? Do you have plans to reuse the slabs somewhere else in the garden? If not, you could offer them on freecycle. As for what's under them I would get rid of it. If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well. You don't want to go to the expense of buying shrubs, preparing soil, and as Danny mentioned the issue of drainage etc only to watch them die!

Do you have access to a car? Builders bags half filled could be transported much more cheaply this way than the hiring of a skip. Or as my friend did...every week put a few pieces into her  bin bag until there was none left. Again how much are we dealing with?

Little shrubs will hopefully become big shrubs and they will look to get sustainance from the soil and also use it as an anchor - this need will only increase with the age of the plants.

Help, are these plants ok for my small wildlife pond?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 13:53

You can grow land cress, a kind of water cress in a container. Water cress itself usuallly grows best in flowing water as far as I can remember. Land cress seeds are readily available and it crops quite quickly too.

Raised beds depth

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 12:21

It will depend what you intend to grow eg lettuce or potatoes?. If you are setting the raised bed onto open soil or setting int onto a paved surface etc. There are a lot of variables to take into consideration....let us know which ones apply to you and then we will be able to give better advice. 

Help, are these plants ok for my small wildlife pond?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 00:30

The ramp should do the job for getting creatures in and out but frogs may not spawn unless they have access to a little more in the way of shallow water. They hopefully will do it among your marginal plants which will provide a shelf on a shelf - if you see what I mean. 

It will also be likely that your pond may get greener and take a while to clear - combination of nutrients in the water and the sunlight we are experiencing at the moment which will heat the water quickly in a small pond. Monty Don was adding barley straw(not wheat - it must be barley) to his pond a couple of weeks back to help with the balance in his pond. It might be something you may need to add as well. You can buy it in ready made sheets for a small pond like yours or add a handful or two of fresh straw wrapped in an old pop sock, onion bag etc. I can't remember the amounts needed, he did explain. Might be worth taking a look on the i player.

Sounds as though you have made a great start and hopefully will soon be seeing lots of critters visiting.

Weeds ID

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 00:18

It's looking suspiciously like ground elder. I am not a 100% sure, hopefully someone else will comment. It is the sort of plant that can come back from the dead on a regular basis, surviving composting etc. If it is zap with glysophate immediately and continue applying it regularly throughout the summer until you win.

Help, are these plants ok for my small wildlife pond?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 00:05

If you have a pre formed pond, it probably will have shallow shelves each the edge, perfect for your marginal plants but not wildlife friendly.You will have to make a beach at one end/side of your pond. This will make a gradual entry and exit point for all wild life allowing birds to bathe and drink; frogs to spawn and hedgehogs to get out safely (they often drown as they can't manage the slippy,vertical, plastic sides of a pond)

You can do this by adding a combination of stones, bricks or large cobbles to one of your existing shelves until they are above water level.

Your plants sound great and I'm sure you have more than enough. I can never understand why water plants are so expensive as they grow so fast. You will soon be dividing your lily (a couple of years)and lifting out pond weed as it overtakes your pond at the end of the summer!

You can use aquatic compost to plant your plants in or poor garden soil that has not had any fertilizer added to it. As the introduction of nutrients to the pond will encourage algae to grow. Set any plants you are going to add in the shallows so they can soak up the water before you lower them deeper into the water to stop the soil floating out of them. Mulch the top of your pots with a good layer of large gravel.

I would also invest in a water butt or two to top your pond up from so you are not adding any more tap water to the pond and therefore more nutrients.I attach the hosepipe to mine and it fills up my pond when the levels drop.

I seem to have got a bit carried away here but I would have liked to know this sort of info. when I set up my pond....which is now very successful 

Good luck and enjoy. My pond brings me a great deal of pleasure along with a lot more species visiting my patch.

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 00:19

Gardeners' Delight for me every time. Very reliable, good flavour.

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