Excitable Boy

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Dwarf Weeping Cherry tree

Posted: Yesterday at 23:24

Hi Hollyhocks,

With dwarf cherry trees they graft onto a dwarfing rootstock so you shouldn't have a problem. I have a mature edible cherry on a dwarfing root and it is about 10 feet tall. The roots probably extend to about 6ft max and tend to keep low in the soil.

Hope this helps.

Ivy Cottage with no Ivy!

Posted: Yesterday at 22:59

I suspect the solution will depend on which way your wall faces and how big a container you have. I suppose you could always get a water butt, cut the bottom off and sink it into the ground. You'll need to feed regularly.

Having lived in a house with virginia creeper I would avoid it. Far too vigorous and don't forget it is deciduous and makes a dreadful mess. If you want an ivy-like appearance you really want an evergreen. How about one of the climbing hydrangeas like Hydrangea seemanii? We have one in a container covering a 6ft wall but they will grow to 10m I believe. Not as vigorous as VC or ivy but then we do rather neglect ours.

Last edited: 19 February 2017 22:59:49

Ive got a garden and i dont know what to do?!!

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:44

hi booacabbyl, regarding your lawn I think you will find that turfing such a large area will be prohibitively expensive. I would be inclined to ask one of the specialist lawn maintenance services to come and have a look and advise you which they will do for free. Seed will be much much cheaper although it will take a year to establish. If you haven't much gardening experience I suggest it is well worth paying lawn specialists to care for your lawn quarterly as they use better feeds and weedkillers than you can buy without licence and, more importantly, they use the right ones in the right amounts at the right time!

You may need to do some terracing first I think.

seedling identification

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:21

Looks like a courgette or some other squash to me with those big cotyledons. It's a bit on the cold side though (unless it's on a compost heap?).

Tree for shade

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:17

Have you considered bamboo? Just make sure you put a barrier between it and your garden which will allow you to cut any invasive roots each spring.

what is gardening?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:06

Gardening is sanity, peace and the miracle of tiny seeds growing into large plants in a season.

Greenhouse set up

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 15:36
missclarech says:

Well I was going to have path in the middle and just leave the sides as soil for planting veg etc seeing as my raised bed gets eaten to bits by snails every year and boy do they keep at it all year, tried everything but nope they insist on eating the damm lot 😖

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 Have you tried stapling copper tape around the side of the bed? Not that cheap but I have found it does work and friendlier to wildlife than chemicals.  You will still get eggs hatching in the soil from last year but if you turn it over a few times in the winter that cuts them down too.

Greenhouse set up

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 15:12

Hi Missclarech,

I bought a 14x10 second hand greenhouse 3 years ago and it's the best money I ever spent. Lengthens your growing season and allows you to overwinter cuttings easily. 

You are probably too late this year to do much in the way of seed sowing until the autumn but the advice I would suggest is that you think carefully how you intend to use the greenhouse before you set it up. Will you really grow tomatoes given that they take up a lot of space for a long time?

I now have a setup very similar to Perki's above with staging and a high shelf down one side with membrane & gravel underneath, a flagstone path and then soil on the other side. I have a couple of trestle tables which I put on the soil side to over winter cuttings and tender plants but in an ideal world I'd like some high shelving along that side too. I bought a few mat heaters which are a good investment for starting seeds. 

I have grown tomatoes in the soil and in growbags and tbh they're a chore. Chillis and peppers are more useful. You only need ONE chilli plant though! I think it is probably best to grow these in large pots on gravel as Palaisglide suggests above. I am considering digging out the soil and doing as he suggests. I find that the soil gets very very dry inside the greenhouse so this would reduce the need to water.

Best regards



Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:56

I bought some gypsophilia in January from Poundland. Two bags for £1.94 and I got seven sticks. I put them in moist compost in the greenhouse and all are shooting. They had little buds or the start of shoots on the top end, not much fine roots at all. Have to say I was quite worried, but all is well.

Like others I have found that it dies after 2 or 3 years.

Helen - I covered mine about 2cm.

Grow / Greenhouse

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 10:43

I've had one of these (I've had most gadgets and bits of kit over the years) and I'd have to agree with treehugger - they're useless outside. Quite good if you just want some extra temporary shelving in a greenhouse or potting shed, but too flimsy otherwise. If you have the space and a bit more cash better to buy a small greenhouse second hand off ebay. You'll need time and patience to move it and put it up but you can do such a lot more with one.

You will probably get away with it if you strap it to your wall but make sure your fixing points are heavy duty!

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