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Dave Morgan

Latest posts by Dave Morgan

Trying to plant a hedge to keep children safe

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:16

Box is shallow rooted but it takes a good time to. Difficult problem.

Biennial / Perennial growing from seed

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:19

They're like any other seed Orchid, I sowed some perennials 2 weeks ago in pots, they have all germinated and are getting to the stage where I can pot them on. I just pot on into 7 or 9cm pots in mpc and put them to one side to grow on with some slug and snail protection. I use a cold frame, no lid with sharp sand for them to sit on. By the autumn, they will be ready to plant out. As for your varieties, well take your pick. Sarah Raven does some nice perennials and I get good germination with her seed. It's only a few pence dearer, so I find it's worth it.

Unknown Bugs - help!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:08

Not long at all you will struggle to find any of them within the week.

Bumblebees in trouble - seem to have a few bees in trouble . But why?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:47

It's cooled down and it's wet Flora. Put some water with a teaspoon of sugar mixed in nearby. As it warms up again they will recover.

French Marigolds, something is eating them!!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:44

It will be slugs or snails, they are experts at hiding under, in, around any form of pot or seed tray. You have to inspect every pot, seed tray, container in minute detail looking inside the drainage holes as well. Even small one's can decimate seedlings or mature plants. I bet you will find one lurking.

Unknown Bugs - help!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:35

Third are leather jackets, you can get nematodes for them and the others.

Various questions/seeking views.....

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 22:53

Don't be discouraged Red. Gardens take time, and huge effort. I can see what you mean by clinical at the front. Curved beds make a bigger impact and make them deeper you can then have different heights within the beds, even different colour scheme's for each bed. Pick plants which will cope with the soil, you can grow a lot in clay, more than most people realise. You can create different conditions within beds or different conditions in each bed if you wish to give you different rooms with a path round the garden to view each bed, like a journey through the seasons. You have a blank canvas, don't be afraid to be ambitious. 

How Safe is Your Garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 20:19

How have us gardeners lived so long with all that poison about, can't fart these days without someone telling you it's bad for you.

Various questions/seeking views.....

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 20:10

Red, it's lovely. Maybe a climbing rose or clematis up the pergola posts and the arches. Paint the fence, then find some clematis to break up the expanse of fencing.

As for cutting's, the scabious can be propagated by division in autumn. I find that one planted now is usually three or four by autumn. The gaura, can be propagated by root cuttings or simply digging some of it up taking a few roots and potting them up, mine go mad every year and I have to spend an afternoon in autumn thinning it out. Lythrum, again by division and the Agastache, it's far easier than trying cuttings.

As for alliums see the link to the RHS below.

You've done a great job so far, just have confidence and don't be afraid to make mistakes, we all do as long as it looks good to you, then you'll be happy with it.

Not sure if slugs will dislike brass, I think not as brass isn't conductive.

The front garden, I'll let other's give you their suggestions.



Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:41

Gardening is such a personal thing I find. My garden, which is being re constructed, has a tad of order, but as many have said, it's not a show garden. I like plants and as such, if I like it I find a place for it, even if it doesn't conform to the colour wheel or the stricture's of the gardening guru's bibles. Semi organised chaos is nature's way and who am I to impose order on it. If it looks good to me then that's how I like it. Everyone is different, OH is highly organised, I go with the flow. Even on the allotment, where order is often recommended, mine ain't! We all love what we do and as long as I can see beauty in it ( and OH is happy), then I'm happy.

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Funny Wildlife

Squirrel V Woodpigeons 
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Best Thornproof Gloves

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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 23:10

Clematis for a dry bank

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Last Post: 09/04/2014 at 15:20

Peach for fan traing

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Colder weather is coming!

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Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 17:54

Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Last Post: 12/10/2013 at 00:56


Hold in invasive roots 
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