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damp garden

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:09

Chicken will ruin even quite a large lawn. If you want a grassed area, then they need to be kept quite separate. A picture may help, you will get plenty of advice once we know what is required.

Companion flowering plants to plant among heathers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:04

The smaller varieties of the rhododendron family azaleas etc will love the acid conditions that erica thrive in. Pic the smaller ones they will go ok.

When indoor seedlings have to acclimatise

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 15:36

The temperature is low but not freezing at the moment, so be gradual,take them into the sun for a few hours and sheltered from wind, then as the days lengthen leave them out longer. According to the long range weather, it will start warming up in the next few weeks. Then you can keep them out, but watch out for any late frost.

If you're really chilly outside the plants will feel that way too.

Worm Towers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 13:21

Never tried it but it would be beneficial for the garden or a raised bed. Go for it. Let everyone know how it goes.

Talkback: How to grow redcurrants

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 15:14

Micheal, try this link to the rhs, pretty comprehensive.

Buxus Topiary

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 20:10

If you want to create the ball, the supporting stem must first be at the height you require centre of the ball to be.

It's only at that point can you start to shape and start the thickening process.

A 1 metre ball will take quite few years to achieve, just getting buxus to that height can take 6-8 years depending on growing conditions, that's why buying them that large is very expensive.

Waterlogged grass/lawn

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 20:00

I haven't used it myself as my garden is quite free draining, but I have installed it in a friends garden. 

I used it, and put gravel chips in it, brush them in them tamping them down to give a very pleasing gravel path which doesn't hold water.

This is the main idea behind them, and I've seen them used on some gardening programmes for the same purpose. It does contain the gravel within the cells, and you must remember to lay a membrane underneath.

I would be concerned if you sowed grass seed as a filler for the cells, as they would be prone to drying out in my opinion.

You could seed the gravel with some herbs to give it a lift if you wanted to break up the path profile.

Hazel hedging

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 19:42

If you want your squirrel back go for a native hedge/wildlife hedge, and cats are no match for squirrels, they lose hands down every time in my experience and I have a vets bill to prove it!

A good wildlife hedge will bring unforseen benefits. I just wish my idiot neighbour had the same attitude to yours do.

What the heck is this?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 19:36

They are crocosmia probably lucifer, I have exactly the same oversized corms in my garden. I pot them and let them grow bulblets, which I break off and replant for new flowers. That's all they are good for when they reach that size. I sell some of the excess to my local shop who sell them on, and we all make a little profit from it.

You can mash them and put the mash on the compost heap to recycle them if you wish.

Bulbs/Corms from Poundland!

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 19:30

Ditto Pam, I bought some a while back from poundland and potted them up, they are now showing signs of growth and they won't go out until they are growing well.

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