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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 09:53

Yeh - I was wondering what you were thinking of doing LG. Quite tricky when it's a small space and has to perform several functions. A few evergreens which don't need much attention, and a few pots with bulbs/annuals at, or near, the front door might be the way to go. Climbers if you can fit them in, as they won't take up too much space. Is it sunny enough that you could dig out a few little holes and bung some thyme or something similar where the cars would park? It doesn't mind being driven over. 

Frost Protectiom

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 09:00

What kind of small plants Gordon, and are they in pots or in the ground?

Fleece is ideal for protection, and you can stick up a basic structure of canes to attach it to depending on the plants. Alternatively, you can buy individual cloches, but those can be expensive if you have lots to cover.

A greenhouse is necessary if you have lots of little plants needing protection for growing on, or a cold frame if you don't have too many. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 08:54

Cheers m'dears  - 21 again....

There may be cake later - when fairylet comes home and makes it  

I've got a very exciting job on the go at the moment - dyeing towels. I know how to party....

When you consider the price of the dye, and the number of times you run the machine, and the low cost of towels (supermarket ones are excellent) it's not really worth it!

box hedging

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 08:47

I think you're creating a lot of extra work for yourself as the box will need clipping, and it may prevent you accessing your beds easily. 

Not to mention the current issues with box blight that many people are experiencing. 

There's a good reason for using timber, or concrete block /brick if the ground's very wet, although timber will last a long time, and is quite easy to replace if it rots. 

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Planting at front of Victorian terrace

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 08:31

Blushing here Kitty....very kind of you - not sure about being expert though.....

I totally agree though -  small in what way Kaylee? The planting depth is important for your choices, and particularly if you want a climber. That will need a lot more soil depth than many perennials or the alipnes alread mentioned. There will be plenty of planting choices, but more info needed  

Can you upload some photos of the area? Start witht the camera icon top right, and if they don't upload, try resizing smaller. Photos up to about 2.5 MB load easily. 

Potting on question

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 08:17

Yes - some plants might Posy - but a small, young plant shoved into a border at the wrong time of year, will sit and sulk - or even just rot - and will be vulnerable to attacks from pests, particularly slugs and snails. A plant that's allowed to mature gradually tends to shrug that off more easily.

In nature, a seedling/plant which grows from  something seeding around, will mature slowly according to it's conditions and the time of year, which isn't the same as one we would raise in a more cossetted environment .

You have to choose carefully which plants you can put out early on, and the soil conditions and temperatures are a major factor.  

Business Opportunity

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 08:08

But Kitty - look at the opportunity you're missing - he wants an expert to create a digital course with. Think of the bows , the curtain calls, the fame and fortune - and everything that goes with it....hey, that could be a song.... 

Makes a change from the usual chat up line I suppose... 'get your coat, luv - you've pulled'....

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat.

Glad you had a good day Hosta. Photos are lovely

Already quite unpleasant here - sky's black. Not cold though - I took daughter to work just before 7 and it was already double figures. We have a weather warning for wind all day Tuesday, yet the gusts are just as high for Monday night, and not that different from today's. No warning.  I had a look at the hill forecasts and it's the same. Weird. 

Not much gardening happening today, but I might do a little indoor stuff - I won't say h****work...

Fish, blood and bone fertilizer

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 07:51

Rather than feeding that clematis, for reasons already stated,  I'd get it in the ground or a pot at least double the size, as Kitty says. Bury it so that it's several inches deeper than it is now. It must be struggling really badly. They need loads of water and food to thrive. 

Potting on question

Posted: 14/10/2017 at 20:03

Because the root system can't always cope with too much wet soil round it. 

Some plants are more forgiving than others, but as a general rule, it's best not to over pot plants, especially when they're very small. Wait till the roots are filling the pot the plant's in ( usually when they start poking out the holes in the bottom it's ready to move)  then shift it into a slightly bigger size. Repeat as necessary  

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