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Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 08:03

I'd far rather go to small local nurseries - they'll be cheaper than garden centres anyway - at least that way you'll see what you're getting.  Stuff bought online and sent by post may be good, but it may not be - you usually get what you're paying for. 

Once you make up your mind about a few plants that you want, try car boot sales in the spring - and don't ignore those stalls by the side of the road where people sell things they've propagated in their own garden.  

And don't worry about getting it wrong - you can always dig things up again and move them if you don't like them where they are - as long as you don't do it every  five minutes - Verdun's an expert at shuffling plants around.  

And if you've bought something you don't like or don't want, pot it up, look after it and sell it on or swap with friends. 

Red gooseberries. How to best produce a good yield?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 07:50

I'd give them a good mulch with well-rotted farmyard manure or compost, keeping the area around the stem clear.  Then in the late winter/early spring I'd sprinkle some Fish, Blood and Bone around.  

Good information here on pruning young gooseberries

Raspberries. To cut back or not?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 07:40

If they're summer fruiting, then cut back the ones that have borne fruit and leave the rest - tying them in to some support to stop them thrashing around in the winter winds.  Then give them a good mulch around with well rotted farm yard manure or compost , keeping it away from touching the stalks.

They will produce suckers, but as they're in their first year it's early days yet.

Patience is something we gardeners have to learn 

Autumn leaves

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 07:36

In between the showers today I'm going to put fresh hay into the hedghog boxes.

The hedgehogs will collect dry leaves, but some hay in there already is a good start for them.

Then when I've cut the runner bean haulms down I'lI heap them over the boxes to provide extra insulation during the winter.  

When the hedgehogs have woken up in the spring, then I'll remove the haulms which will go to form the bottom layer of a new compost heap.

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 07:18

There ought to be enough sun there for foxgloves not to pull to the light too much. 


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 07:06

Hmmm, looks like it Brumbull.... might be tea and cake again at 3.30?

So exciting!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 06:59

If I remember correctly they need tall reed-like ones for the nymph to crawl up out of the water, where it will metamorphose into the adult dragonfly.  


Pruning rambling rose

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 06:53

Tie the long shoots to the arch, bending them over gently to fit.  Only if the shoots are too long for the arch would I shorten them.  They're what's going to provide the flowers next year. 

Sounds lovely, do you know what variety it is?

Perhaps you could post a photo on here?


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 06:49

Even if you hate it I'm sure the bees love the clover flowers

What have you tried to get rid of the clover?  In the past I've found a Weed & Feed type dressing in spring works well.  It's best done in the spring as the grass will be growing strongly then and will move in to take over the bare patches left by the dead weeds - if you kill the clover off now you'll be left with bare patches over the winter. 


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 06:45

Good morning all   It's been raining overnight - forecast is for warm with thundery showers - I want to get out there and cut down the runners and sow the Broad beans - do you think I'll get the chance or will it be soggy all day?

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