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New Hedge and Weeds

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:57

Unless your hedge has been planted through a weed suppressant membrane I think the only answer is weeding.  

Make sure that you weed a good strip about 3 feet wide with the hedge in the middle - that will help stop weeds creeping into the hedge.


Confetti from Rose petals

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:54

I bought rose  and other flower petal confetti for my daughter's wedding - it was dried and kept for a long while. 

I think that to use petals fresh they would need to be picked that morning and kept cool but not cold. 

does anyone grow ?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:44

Hi lucky - sorry you've had some difficult times - hope that life is getting better.  

The Buerre de Roquencourt are growing nicely - they germinated quickly and according to everything I've read they crop quite quickly too, so if you can get the seed I'd have a go, if you've got the time and energy.  

I got my seeds from

they just called them Rocquencourt. 


Don't go putting yourself under added pressure though - the garden will always be there and supermarket beans are quite edible when push comes to shove.  Sometimes life gives us other priorities for a bit.

Best of luck 

What to do with rhubarb?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:36

Well rotted, always!

Fresh needs to be rotted down stacked in a clamp or added to the compost heap - depending on quantity 

I never put fresh manure anywhere near plants - it can burn them. 

2 for 1 Garden entry

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:34

Martin, I suggest that you contact the magazine team at 


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:31

And my front lawn is undergoing it's second year of 'restoration' following having 3 builder's skips and some Big Bags of sand and gravel on it for a considerable period of time.

I will turn it back into a lawn without having to dig it up and start again - I will - I will! 

What to do with rhubarb?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 10:14

Yes, I'll give mine another feed of Fish Blood & Bone in a week or so, and another in the autumn before  I mulch it with manure.

tiny carrots

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 08:23

It might, but what about slugs? 

Honeysuckle problem.

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 08:22

I'm afraid that it in the nature of the plant.  Honeysuckle is a woodland plant that scrambles up through the undergrowth to the hedge and treetops to reach the sun where it flowers.  It's not good at being thick and leafy at the base. Coupled with that, it really likes its roots to be cool and damp - this is difficult in a container.  

My best suggestion would be to plant some herbaceous perennials in front of it to hide the lower stems.

Hope that's helpful. 

Clearing a garden

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 08:00

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