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my pictures

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 17:49

Gorgeous, abso - bally - lootly bdooly gorgeous!!! 

Which little aster/Mchaelmas daisy is that you have there?

and which way does the garden face?


growing brussel sprouts

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 14:51

Absolutely agree with Geoff above - when planting them out you need to tread the soil really firmly around them.  If growing them in a windy spot put in a stout cane and ties to prevent wind-rock.


Posted: 24/02/2013 at 14:18

We have found our hedgehogs are creatures of habit - if their usual route has been blocked off they might go elsewhere rather than try to find their way in - we just got our builder to make a hole by cutting out a little doorway in the bottom of the fence in the corner where my daughter first saw the hedgehog appear 

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 14:02

Ouch  bruised coccyx!!! Take care Dan!!! I used to have a pony like that - wasn't an Exmoor was it?   My DIL is having an X-ray on her coccyx this week as she slid down the stairs on her btm some weeks ago and still can't sit down properly. 


Nightmare Garden To Design Around - Help Needed

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 13:41

Oooh that bank is full of possibilities - I think I'd treat it as if it was a woodland fringe and create planting pockets within the tree roots - digging individual planting holes for each plant and working in some compost, rather than trying to improve all the soil.  I'd plant the sort of things you find in a hedgerow, both wild varieties and some 'improved' ones - e.g. primroses, sweet violets, red and white campion, foxgloves, ferns, hedge garlic, black leaved cow parley (anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'), native bluebells (not Spanish) and native daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus) and/or, as you're in Wales, the Tenby daffodil (narcissus obvallaris), arum pictum,  honeysuckles, Clematis vitalba (Traveller's Joy/Old Man's Beard) .  You could also put in some rambling roses, hazel, sambuccus niger (black leaved elder) - the list goes on .....  Because you've got all those tree roots when planting shrubs I'd buy small ones and create as big a planting pocket as you can, that way they'll have the best possible chances to grow away, and they'll soon grow bigger than if you planted larger shrubs (if you get my meaning - it sounds a little confused but I know what I mean - hope you do too )

I once had a house in a similar situation but in East Anglia - the bank behind the house was solid clay - we did manage to create a lovely garden.  The trick is to garden to your conditions - not try to make your garden look like other peoples'. 

Oh, and love that moss - I'd be perfectly happy with moss in a 'woodland fringe' type garden - gorgeous 

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 09:11

Good morning all - white stuff sprinkled around - nothing that absolutely has to be done in the garden (other than put the rat bait boxes out there ), but bread and scone making is on the agenda and some pork to roast - other than that a bit of reading/knitting/watching tv - I think I'm due for a lazy day - anyone care to join me? 

Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 08:45

Hmm, miserable lot (the gardening clubs, not you), but there's other ways to get what you want -  Wiltshire Wildlife Trust used to hold Composting training days - if they still do it would be a brilliant way to get to know other gardeners in your area - just a thought 

Nightmare Garden To Design Around - Help Needed

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 08:33

Yes, images are allowed  and would be really helpful - you click on the little tree on the toolbar above and follow the instructions.  

I think that when you're faced with something like a steep bank, the trick is to ' go with the flow' and find a way of enhancing it and seeing it as it's own specialised sort of environment, rather than trying to change it too radically - but show us the pics and I'm sure we'll have some ideas and a plan of action so you can do it bit at a time and not break your back (or bank balance) over it 

Looking on the positive side, if it's got a steep drop  to the road, it sounds as if it's unlikely to suffer from too much waterlogging which is what so many of us are having to cope with.

Water plants for a wildlife pond

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 21:41

You'll need different plants for the deep parts and for the shallower areas - how deep is the deepest part and how deep are the shallower bits?

is re-cyling your green bin ,a good thing?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 21:38
Tim Burr wrote (see)
......I do wish Gardeners World on TV took a more pro-active focus on these BIG issues. Geoff Hamilton was also very clear on the benefits of going organic and everything he did revolved around an organic approach. Monty Don does mention organic methods rather sparingly. .... 

I'm not quite sure what more you expect him to do?

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