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Planting Advice

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 16:00

If there's chalk bedrock, it's likely that the soil will be alkaline.  You've not got much depth of soil - I'd look at shade tolerant alpines - ajuga, aquilegia, campanulas,  epimedium, tiarella, hardy ferns, lysimachia and violas.  You'd probably find that foxgloves would look lovely with that lot, and would be happy in those conditions. 

Planting Buddleja

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 14:27

Buddleja is perfectly hardy in the UK - plant them outside now and enjoy 

Grass growth inhibitors - please recommend

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:47

What's the annual regime applied to your lawn?

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:26

Obviously Saint Peter!!! 

Neighbour has trashed our beech hedge!!

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 12:28

A sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone around the roots and a good layer of mulch will encourage it.  I can't really see the top properly - if it's uneven then level it off, it'll look much smarter and it will bush out.

 Trim it fairly closely in August - that will make it hold on to it's new young leaves through the winter which will increase your privacy.  

If  you don't trim it in August most of the leaves will fall making it transparent in the winter. 

If it had been allowed to grow up to 10 feet, that may be why it's growth is a little sparse and thin - maybe your neighbours wanted privacy too and knew that trimming it will make it grow thicker. 

Planning planting combinations

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:57

Oh Verdun, I don't know that carex, but it's gorgeous, thanks for suggesting it

 It'll pick out the spicy colours in the Boxford Spice 

To re-turf a garden can you just lay turf on top?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:44

Agree with Edd - it'll just curl up and die   If a job's worth doing it's worth doing well, and all that jazz 

Planning planting combinations

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:43

Verdun, I love frikarti monch - it's on my Wanted List - and I have geranium rozanne so can propagate that for the front garden .  I don't know Verbena rigida, but having googled it looks fabulous.  And there might just be a space for hackonochloa  - and then of course, there's a certain dahlia to take pride of place   That'll look good against something with dark bronzey-black foliage 

It's really good to bounce these ideas around - there's so much choice - sharing ideas helps me to focus 

Heavy Clay Soil

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 10:44

I really wouldn't use sand - a little fine grit if you must but not sand - it'll make the problem worse rather than better. 

And don't remove the clay!!!  Instead just add lots and lots of organic matter to the clay and dig it in - well-rotted farmyard manure and spent mushroom compost.  Add more organic matter every year and you'll soon have the most fertile and productive soil there is.  

A sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone before planting will be good too - follow the instructions on the packet. 


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 10:39

There is real skill to building and maintaining a good bonfire - the old chaps on the allotment would have one smouldering for days and days, banked on the outside with turves, just a little whisp of smoke at the top - everything completely burned to a fine powdery ash and some charcoal.  Their dads taught them, as their dads had done before them.  Another skill lost.

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