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Dudley Horler


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New Garden, New Soil

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 23:15

Thanks to all for the responses.  Posy, the  grasses we have planted, of various types, all seem to be doing well, but this winter will be the true test I suppose.  The one plant that is thriving is Verbena Bonariensis! It has put on a terrific show and has grown really strongly and very vibrant.  Also geraniums seem to be doing okay.  I hope to have some more information available early next year when the growing season starts again.  Until then we will certainly enjoy the experience and hope to glean some valuable learning. 

New Garden, New Soil

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 17:06

My wife and I have recently moved to a new home in Oxfordshire, very close to the Berkshire Downs and the Ridgeway.  As soon as we moved in we started sorting out the garden and found that it is very chalky, which is something neither of us has experienced before.  The plants we've put in so far, mostly perennials, seem to be doing okay, including four roses.  However, does anyone know of any plants that we should steer clear of, or which types of plants do well (we don't want to plant shrubs in this garden as it's too small).  We also want to plant a small tree at some point, so again are there any types that we need to steer clear of or ones that do well on chalk.  Additionally, is there anything that we can do to improve the soil, well what there is of it anyway!  Thank you

Hellebores

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:46

Thanks nutcutlet.  Looks like that's the only suggestion.

Hellebores

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 11:41

We are moving home soon, from Somerset to Oxfordshire, and we are taking several of our prized and loved hellebores with us.  We've dug them up and put them in pots ready to travel, but wonder if we can now cut them back?  They are still in flower and with plenty of new leaf growing, so would it be safe to cut them back prior to travelling in the next five weeks?

Parsnip problems

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:19

Thanks everyone.  Seems the consensus is to sow in situ.  I thought they were going to be good this year as all the seed I planted germinated.  However, just goes to show how wrong one can be   Emma, I did water them when the weather required it, but we did have quite a good lot of rain early on in Somerset so don't see that as adding to the problem.  Old timer2: I haven't tried that way but I am thinking of using a raised bed next year that will be about 12 inches deep, plus very fine soil underneath that at least to the same depth.  Watch this space!

 

Parsnip problems

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 23:32

Earlier this year I grew my parsnip seed in a plug tray and dug a patch over in the garden, ready for when the plants were big enough to be planted out.  I made sure there was plenty of depth -- at least double spade depth.  The soil is also very light, so my parsnips should have grown straight down, yes?  NO!  Every single one has balled and I cannot understand why.  Could it be that the soil is too rich?  They have had plenty of water throughout the year and have grown into really healthy plants.  But not as they should be, more like cricket balls with tentacles.  Any suggestions as to why this has happened and how I can make sure it doesn't happen again?

Roses

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 09:50

Thanks to all.  I've seen blackspot before but this literally looks like the whole plant has been infected with something and gone completely discoloured.  We were  warned that roses don't do well here in Somerset before we planted them,  but decided we love roses enough to have a go.  However, I will attend to the plants and see what happens.

Roses

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 22:34

We bought and planted six David Austin Roses in February this year and planted them in our garden.  At first everything went well, with the plants growing and seemingly establishing.  However, the leaves on four of them have now turned blacky brown and the plants look awful.  We've fed and watered them regularly, and we enriched the ground before planting them.  We have good drainage and there is no root rock.  Any suggestions other than digging them out and burning them?

tomatoes

Posted: 17/08/2013 at 10:10

Interesting comments on the differing sizes of toms on individual trusses.  Yes, I used all T&M seeds this year and the sweet million are good, with several full trusses.  However, the larger toms -- I can't remember their name offhand -- have formed trusses, some with large toms interspersed with small ones on other trusses.  And the cucumbers -- exactly how mine have formed.  However, they all taste good, so really at the end of the day, nothing to complain about really

Salvia Caradonna

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 23:32

Thanks, now cut back

 

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Discussions started by Dudley Horler

New Garden, New Soil

Chalk abounds! 
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Last Post: 11/10/2014 at 23:15

Hellebores

Transplanting prior to moving home 
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Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 17:05

Parsnip problems

Balling parsnips 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 17:12

Roses

Roses Gone Bad 
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Last Post: 31/08/2013 at 11:14

Salvia Caradonna

 
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Last Post: 06/08/2013 at 23:32

Beetroot Problems

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Last Post: 23/02/2014 at 12:00

Cana Lillies -- to lift or not to lift

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Last Post: 29/09/2012 at 10:03

New garden, new area, growing problems

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