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Latest posts by Fairygirl

Being disabled does not mean incapable

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 13:06

Think everyone's out in their gardens Chris -  enjoying the weather  

I'm only in because I've been cleaning and ironing so that I can go out after some lunch!

Do you have raised beds to make it easier? I always think the ones shown on tv programmes look far too low to be really functional.

Honeysuckle problems

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:58

Is the ground very dry at the base Kath? They need a bit of moisture to do well so it could be that simple.

Hornbeam problem

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:57

I planted a bare root Hornbeam hedge in a previous garden. There were two very mature trees on the boundary so I had a job getting those plants to establish as they needed a lot of watering/feeding/mulching etc. The ones in the more substantial areas romped away. We have high rainfall so normally it would never have any issues here, but in a drier area it would need some help I think -plenty of manure for a bit of water retention.  I love hornbeam and I always wonder why people often pick beech over it - it makes a lovely hedge.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:48

Hi samalamb. Did you prepare the ground thoroughly before you put the hedge in? That always pays dividends. Small plants can take a while to establish, so if they're only 12/18" for instance,  they won't grow loads in their first year as they'll be trying to get a decent root system.  Privet isn't evergreen so it also may look a bit bare after the winter but should leaf up well once the weather warms up and it gets going again. If there's a lot of weed growth round about it's important to get rid of it as it will compete especially if your hedging plants are small. On the basis that there's no other major issues with the site, I'd add some good compost and slow release fertiliser round the plants, water and mulch.

A hedge needs as much attention initially as any other plant - clear the area thoroughly of weeds, and turf if there's any, then plenty of well rotted manure/compost/ good soil put in. Put each plant in with some slow release fertiliser - Fish, blood and bone is ideal, then water well and add a mulch of bark or more compost. Keep well watered and weed free until the plants establish. You can't go far wrong if you do that, unless the site is unsuitable. A wild, cold, windy site needs extra protection in place to protect young plants in their first year or two. 

Hope that's of some help 

Hornbeam problem

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:49

Is it very dry where the hedge is Steve? Hornbeams like a bit of moisture in my experience, which is why they're a good alternative to Beech hedging in damper areas, where it would struggle to thrive.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:37

Great pic and glad you all had a good time. I imagine plenty of ice cream was eaten. I had some yesterday at home - just to keep you company of course...

BB- I not only had a teenager washing up last night - I had one making the dinner. She stops being a teenager in a couple of weeks though - does that mean she's officially 'an adult'...

Under Attack!

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:21

Early days Tony. I know it's disappointing when you've done all the prep and you feel you should have a green sward with no trace of weeds anywhere, but  grass is an ongoing job. Lyn's right - a weed and feed will get rid of most of the weeds but you'll always get some seeding in from elsewhere so you just have to keep up the maintenance. If it's any comfort - I moved into this house just over a year ago. The front grass was mainly weeds. It had a feed which encouraged the grass, followed by a weed and feed, and the grass was in good heart after that. It's had another application this spring and will get a liquid seaweed feed soon just to give it a boost as it's been very dry. There are very few weeds in it now, and while it isn't a bowling green, it's nice and green and healthy. 


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:02

Morning all.

Cup of tea to drink and a look round before I can  make any contribution! Garden all seems to be thriving and no major snail/slug damage. 

You lot all seem to stay up very late. Is there an irony in the fact that my favourite Iris is called 'Night Owl'....

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 17:00

I have just discovered a load of caterpillars hatching on my new blackthorn hedge - they're tortoiseshells or peacocks which were in the garden last year enjoying the buddleia. There wasn't much plant life in the garden a year ago but it's great to see more wildlife enjoying what I've put in during the last twelve months.

I've left a couple of nettles to grow in a corner too.

Should I open my mini greenhouse?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 12:05

I just leave mine open about a foot LB. 

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