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Planting climbers for trellis - which planting angle?

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 08:47

You've planted the climbers against the wall in the right way   Planting away from the base of the wall and angling the plant towards it helps keep the roots out of the dry area of rain shadow cast by the wall.

The link illustrates planting a clematis to climb up a trellis arch - the arch will not cast a rain shadow as a wall does, so the rootball doesn't need to be as far away. 

Check out the prevailing wind and the direction the rain comes from most often - if the climbers are  going to be in the lee of the trellis and consequently in a dry spot then I'd plant them away from the base of the trellis and slope them towards it. 

Graham Thomas is my favourite honeysuckle - mine has been in bloom  for three months now - but it won't grow downwards   It's best to plant a climber on each side of the arch.  My Lon. Graham Thomas is growing in almost complete shade on a north-facing fence under a large tree and is happy.  Other climbers suitable for shady spots are some of the clematis - take a look here

Red thread

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 07:53

The best preventative and treatment apart from applying nitrogen is to improve the drainage and aeration of your lawns so scarify and aerate thoroughly, and don't compost the thatch or mowings from the lawns.

Hope that's helpful

Talkback: Leafcutter bees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 07:36

How wonderful

You must have a very wildlife-friendly garden - have you discovered where they're nesting?


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 06:47

Good morning all

I've been watching the sun come up - it's been beautiful with pink streaks right across the sky.  It's really warm already almost 16C, and I think we have another beautiful day ahead of us.

While I was cooking supper yesterday OH asked if I'd like him to mow the lawns?  We decided not to do the back lawn as it has lots of white clover blossoming and the bees are loving it, but the front lawn was badly in need of a tidy - it had suffered badly in the last hot dry spell and stopped growing for a while so we'd just left it alone, then the rain we had last week perked it up but it also perked up the yarrow and the coarser grasses which have thrown up seedheads so it all looked a bit scruffy - as it's still very dry we raised the cutter bar and OH gave the lawn a quick once over - it looks so much better as the dry brown tips have gone and the grass looks much greener


Oooh, morning Hosta, morning Chicky - you snuck in while I wasn't looking

Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 06:14

The yellow ones are over-ripe.

Budding G wrote (see)

Just read about yellow cucumbers and it could be cross pollination I've got yellow as well and it has been said that courgettes and squash being too close can cause this and make the cucs yellow and bitter tasting...

The cross-pollination doesn't affect the flavour of this year's fruit - it only affects the fruit grown from seed which is the result of cross-pollination.  If you don't grow plants from your own saved seed there's no problem with growing courgettes and cucumbers near to each other.

Looking to start a business and need advice

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 05:53

That's why I thought of hedge-laying - it's a winter activity

Horseradish - When to Harvest

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 05:50
Ben9 wrote (see)

Hi all,

I planted my Horseradish in early May and I'm just wondering when it will be ready to harvest? I have read online that horseradish should be picked in October / November, but the leaves aren't looking so healthy, so I thought that maybe it was dying back because its ready?

Help much appreciated.

Ben, when you say the leaves aren't looking healthy - can you post us a picture? 

Looking to start a business and need advice

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 22:19

There's a bit of a resurgence in proper hedge-laying.  Could you afford to do a short course in learning how to do it properly - I think there's a bit of a demand across the country, especially in stock-keeping areas. 

Golden and brown leaf changes on potato, comfrey.

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 22:02

I think the comfrey picture just shows mature/old leaves doing what they do.  We're heading for autumn now.

The potato leaves look fine to me - when were they planted?  Are they ready to dig up? 

Looking to start a business and need advice

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 21:58

Good luck Nick - rotten luck on being made redundant - been there, done that - a change of direction worked for me

Lincoln is probably too far north for you to travel to the Peterborough area just for one customer, but wishing you well. 

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