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Fruit & Veg

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:00

It does sound as if it's on it's way out.  However, it's usefulness may not be over - venerable old trees are very valuable for wildlife, all sorts of precious insects and birds may make their homes in the rotting branches - even woodpeckers.

Why not plant a rambling rose to climb up into the branches - it will be absolutely beautiful.

 This one is Paul's Himalayan Musk, but there are several others suitable for training into a tree, see here 

A question about flowers.

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 10:05

Good question Jack - it shows you're getting the hang of this gardening thing 

After bulbs have flowered the leaves continue to grow a for a while then die down - all the nutrients in the leaves go back into the bulbs to build them up for the next year.  You can help this by giving them a bit of fertiliser just after flowering so those leaves build up lots of nutrition before dying back down.  

And yes, when they've died down you need to remember or mark where they are, so that when you're planting you don't dig them up or damage them - plant around them, not on top of them. 

Primulas aren't bulbs, but after flowering the leaves will continue to grow and the same principle applies - also the plants will get bigger and it is at this time you can divide them to create more plants if that's what you want.  They will then die down for the winter and reappear again in the spring. 

Broad Beans - Aerial Protection

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:59

I've never known pigeons take broad beans 


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 07:59

I've been saying that for years KEF - I won't touch those strange things called 'spreads' - GP agrees with me too  - saturated fats (in moderation, and along with a balanced diet) are what we've eaten for millennia  - why should they suddenly have become bad for us?  That was my thinking anyway - seems Dove is right 

Advice for a small garden on a small budget!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 07:45

I think I'd go for the 'mow once a week' option - that'll produce a nice firm lawn if you start now, then get a good teak table and chairs with a parasol (we bought ours second hand for £60).  No one had decking until Groundforce hit the tv screens, now it seems that no one can sit in the garden without it   The problem is that the space under the decking provides the perfect home for rats!  I simply wouldn't have it in my garden.  

Pave a patio when you can afford it but until then mow the grass, plan the garden and plant up some beds, maybe put up some trellis and climbers as partitions for privacy  - maybe create a sitting area with gravel and make a pergola over it covered with climbers if you really don't want to put your furniture on grass.  

I'd suggest getting a copy of - it'll show you how to create the sort of garden that you want, without spending a fortune.  

You've the makings of a lovely garden there. 

When and what to feed?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 07:28

This thread should explain things 

New hedge advice?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 07:20

I think I'd let it get it's roots established this year, and then cut it back next winter to encourage it to bush out, then it'll romp away.  Make sure you keep the base of the hedge free from weeds and grass 


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 07:17

Haven't been to Beth Chatto's garden for years - another one for the Must Go There list!

Have a lovely visit - we'll expect details - maybe even photos 


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 07:09

Good morning all   Second coffee needed here!  Went to bed really early last night, read for 10 minutes and slept like a log!  It's amazing how much better I sleep now I don't go to work (sorry folks, don't mean to rub it in)

What the heck is this?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 20:28

Corms of some sort in my opinion. 

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