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Latest posts by diggingdoris

idea's please

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 14:02

We are heavy clay here and it's only hard work and time that can improve the soil. Muck muck and more muck, or homemade compost dug in will help no end. If you've a big garden a willow tree will suck up lots of water. But you must be careful of the distance between buildings and where you plant it. We added a pond, which was just a hollow in the clay- no liner needed, and the waterlilies and rushes grew like mad. Was a source of great delight until the grandchildren started appearing, and we filled it in with a patio just to be on the safe side. Having said that, with all this rain we now have a patio pond! about an inch deep water all over the patio.


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 13:53

We tried growing Q's  from seed this year but now they are 2-3 inches high some have started wilting. Have they been over watered or is it too cool? They are on a north facing windowsill. Wish I'd saved the money it cost to buy 2 packets of seeds (indoor and outdoor ones) and bought a nursery plant later on.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 13:46

Has been raining here (Essex) since Sunday afternoon non stop. Just seen the forecast and very heavy rain and gales due tomorrow morning. In fact the only dry spell here is going to be between midnight and 3 am! Shall I go and cut the lawn then d'you think?

Campsis radicans

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:57

Thank you both I'll bear your comments in mind.

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:53

Thanks for the advice Bookertoo. I might have to use pellets as she's rather special to me. Don't like using them really though, so I may try the garlic tea spray first.

Your wishlist

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 16:15

I have used parts of the site for a while now, but have only recently started using the discussion boards, and I'm enjoying all the comments.

One thing I would like on 'My Scrapbook' is the chance to sort my cuttings alphabetically. Sometimes I look at the list and wonder if I've added my new plant or not. Then I have to search all through the cuttings to see. Not everyone might like to list theirs in A-Z format but it would be nice to have that option, if possible.

Campsis radicans

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:46

A friend has given me one of these after I admired hers last year. On searching for info on how to grow, I see several sites that call it 'very invasive', so I'm not sure where to put it. Has anyone out there had problems with one of these?

How do i plant Morning Glory

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:40

I grew some last year. BUT BEWARE- I planted out 10 lovely healthy 8inch seedlings, but by the next morning they had all been munched! Obviously a very tasty breakfast for the slugs/snails.

old magazines

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:36

Have you tried looking in the charity shops, there are often gardening magazines, or gardening books in them. They are usually quite cheap. I've got some old copies but you would really need to sit for ages and read through them

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:29

Oh ! I'll keep a close eye on my new one I've just planted. It had several buds on it so I can't wait to see the flowers open. It's a family name of my grandmother so I really want this to grow in her memory.

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