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Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:10

Hi michaellaura - which type of raspberries are you wanting to prune? Autumn-fruiting raspberries should be cut down to the ground by now.  If not done yet do them now. 

Digging new beds.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:08

Looking really good Sara - as someone who spent the first year in this garden digging out similar roots from ivy and some large trees, I know how you feel.  

I don't know if it's of any interest, but we've replaced our garden washing line (we had one like yours) with ones similar to this

fixed to the house wall at one end and a sturdy post at the fence end - then when we're not drying laundry the lines are retracted and no one runs the risk of decapitation and the garden looks much more attractive.   Just a thought 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:45

Good morning Stacey  

I must get on over the next few days and plan out the patch we're going to concentrate on next, under the biggest ash tree - and also the new bed at the front of the house - then I can put a spade in OH's hands 

Identification required

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:31

Whatever they are - pot them on into some good compost in individual pots and put them in a sheltered corner or coldframe - I'd put them on a bed of grit to guard against slugs - especially with the delphiniums! and inspect them for slug and snails frequently.  Wth a bit of tlc now they'll soon be ready to plant out 

Helleborus argutifolius?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:28
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I like funny smells. I'm the one who stands in garden centres sniffing frittillary bulbs.

Yet another thing we have in common Nut  I love the smell of Crown Imperials 

Garlic Planting

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:26

Yes, bury the whole tube leaving the top of the soil at the same level.   Incorporate some grit to improve drainage - digging a trench alongside the veg patch will lower the water table in that area.  

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:23


Huge garden hedge

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:11

Good luck - do be careful with the chain saw!!!  I know of people who've had very nasty injuries because they didn't follow the safety advice - there's some guidance here 


Let us know how you get on with the garden 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 07:05

Good morning all   It seems I missed a lot of cake and celebrations yesterday evening as I was concentrating on lacy knitting.

Temp down to 0.9C overnight - the forecast is dry for this morning with rain this afternoon - I might get some gentle hoeing done on the Shady Bank this morning - it's never too early to catch those germinating weed seeds 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 06:57

Hi Barbie

that sounds like a good plan - it's exactly what I plan to do - let's hope the weather is fine for us 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

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Planning planting combinations

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plant offer in the Guardian 
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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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