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Emma Crawforth

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Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:44

Hello Kiddy2,

Lettuce seedlings can be delicate, so the old method of sowing them in guttering works well by causing minimal root disturbance. Also have a look at Monty and Chris Beardshaw sowing seeds in the greenhouse. Don't give up yet!

Emma team

Get thrifty

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:34

I have some tall pot holders that look nice but are too tall for the shallow pots of herbs I put inside them. I use old corks in the bottom of the pot holders to hold the shallow pots up. Corks work well because they have natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. And while we're on the subject, that's a very good reason for preserving natural cork oak forests.

Emma team

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:27

Hello JennB,

Have a go at using this house plant cuttings method. It's very easy to do and has worked well for me.

Emma team


Posted: 17/04/2012 at 11:35

Hello juliesayers,

Blackberries will grow in shade but you'd get better fruit in full sun. A classic fruit for shade is the redcurrant. These are often grown by gardeners on north walls when they can't think of anything else to grow there! If you plant your blackberry close to the tree, don't forget that the tree will take a lot of water and nutrients from the ground so you'll have to give your blackberry extra, for example by using lots of mulch.

Good luck,

Emma team


Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:58

Hello merv jones,

Have a look at Pippa's blog on moving magnolias. It pays to be cautious!

Emma team

Railway sleepers

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:48

Hello esse,

If you're making your beds one sleeper high you can use pegs driven into the ground. Monty and Chris Beardshaw's video shows you the method, although they're using scaffolding boards in the video.

Emma team


Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:39

Hello Pansy2,

The 2 for 1 booklet is coming out with May's Gardeners' World Magazine. You'll be able to visit gardens local to you with your friend and only pay for one of you. I'm not sure whether they're on the list for the guide this year, but I heartily recommend (like Happymarion) Hidcote and Kiftsgate for englishness. You can visit them on the same day.

Emma team

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:22

Hello all,

Like cloud8 I think of gardening as both an art and a craft. It depends on what you're doing and how you're doing it. I've been really enjoying Andy Sturgeon's blog series about the garden he's designing for Chelsea this year. He is without doubt an an artist at work.

Emma team

Gardeners World

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 09:52

Hello SwissSuze,

We don't have a 'compost corner' as such, but we do have plenty of projects and articles about making compost. There's a good list of ingredients in our basics project.

You'll find instructions on how to build a bin, and tips on making leafmould. If you'd like to find anything else you can type the word into our search box.

Enjoy it!

Emma team

Looking for ideas to mini-landscape..

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 16:50

Hello Hugo,

What I notice first is that your triangles get sunshine. To give some instant parent-pleasing impact, why not start off with some summer bedding? Weed out all the low-growing vegetation with a fork and then prepare the soil by digging it over and adding some organic matter. Tread the air pockets down and rake it smooth. Plant petunias, marigolds, lobelias etc. You can get these in bulk on special offer at this time of year. Because your beds are so small you'll be able to water them with a watering can. Unfortunately summer bedding is quite thirsty. Alternatively sow annuals it's cheaper and will require less watering.

In the autumn come back to the forum and ask what to plant for winter!

Good luck,

Emma. team

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