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Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:27

Hello tommysmith,

It may not be to your taste, but Photinia x fraseri is known for fast growth. I've also found dogwoods such as Cornus sanguinea, to grow very quickly. They are supposed to prefer moist soil, but even in my dry, free-draining garden they put on plenty of growth.


gunnera manicate

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 16:11

Hello pash2,

Gunneras can take flooded conditions from time to time. Have a look at James' blog about them. As he says, they are susceptible to frost, so give it some protection in the winter.

Emma team

Frost damaged oleander?

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:35

Hello Rachael H,

Oleanders, to use the common name, are Mediterranean shrubs so they are a little tender. You'll see them lining the roads if you go on holiday to Spain. They require frost-free conditions, but otherwise are tolerant of a wide range of soils, and handle dry conditions well. That's why they are planted by the roads! It's always the case that plants grown in pots need more attention when it comes to watering, than those grown in the soil, but oleanders are drought-tolerant, so your plant will still do well if kept on the dry side. They don't require much feeding, which again makes them a good roadside option. If foliage is damaged by frosts, the plant can put energy into producing new foliage rather than flowering. If you have space inside it's definitely worth bringing it in for the winter, but until then it should recover slowly over the next few months.

Good luck,

Emma team

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:07

Hello pest controllers,

Adam's blog on lily beetles gives a few ideas for dealing with them. Constant vigilance seems to be the best option!

Emma team

Talkback: Growing asparagus

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:02

Hello AdamColeman,

I recently inherited a veg plot with asparagus in the wrong place too. In my case it's too near the middle of the plot, so that when it grows up high, it obscures the plants beyond it from view. I was considering starting a new bed in a different position. As Pippa says, it takes a while to establish, but maybe you could continue to harvest from your old plants for the first years?

Enjoy it!

Emma team

Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 10:19

Hello Italophile,

Thanks for the info. It always sounds like fun, although could be difficult harvesting the pumpkin and taking it home!

Emma team

Tasty things

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 09:16

Hello burhinus,

I agree with you about the 'furry back taste' with nettles. I do think it would put some people off, but try to ignore it myself! The smell of them is lovely though - just like spinach.They're both supposed to contain a lot of iron so I suppose that's why they smell similar.

Emma team

How do i plant Morning Glory

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 18:08

Hello paslode,

This is one of my favourite plants. Have a look at Carol's video on sowing it.

Emma team


Posted: 17/04/2012 at 18:04

Hello Robin Rowles,

I love your picture. Have you seen our gallery of butterflies?

Thanks for the i/d Dovefromabove.

I've seen some cabbage whites, but I'm sure there are more exciting sightings out there from forum users!

Emma team

Tasty things

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:53

Hello foragers,

This thread is right up my street as this weekend I made and ate a risotto with nettle tops, wild garlic leaves and hop shoots. I found it in the April edition of Good Food Magazine. Delicious!

Emma team

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