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Making Raised Beds

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:22

I've used heavy fencing timber for most of mine. Inexpensive and easily available from timber/builder's merchants. I concreted fence posts in to support them but short pegs would do if it's just one plank's depth, especially for veg beds rather than permanent planting.  I'd have loved sleepers  Snoodle, but would have been very pricey for me as they would have needed a lot of cutting to make the irregular shapes I have here. 

It really depends what purpose they're for too, and Lorraine's right - you have to factor in the cost of filling them as well. 


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:11

No buns for you Verd...or sausages 

I have to go out and get more cold/flu type thingies for oldest fairy daughter. I hate going near any kind of shop on a Saturday. My own fault - I should have nicked out last night 

I do a lot of pondering too OL. Nice to do that sometimes though 



Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:59

Blackies might be commonplace but they are amongst our loveliest birds I think. Nothing to beat their song. They were coming in during the winter for apples and bits and pieces so I hope they get more friendly and familiar this year 

I'm not a naughty fairy OL ...

Ain't doing your cleaning though...

Verd- did you see doc's Canna that he grew from some 'acquired' seed? Quite unusual. pic on the  Garden Gallery thread.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:37

I'll have one lily...any croissants or similar to go with it...pretty please...

Birds are slowly getting to know my garden now that there's something in it apart from a buddleia, a couple of shrubs and gravel 

I've seen quite a few ladybirds already this year which is great. The bees are having a lovely time. Nothing better than  some peace and quiet and just the sound of bees humming and buzzing.

What is this?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:31

The leaves on Mich's plant look much softer and less serrated than the Pentas leaves. It looks vaguely familiar to me but I can't place it either.

Once it flowers we'll all probably go - 'of course, that's it- why didn't I think of that!'   

More help needed please . . . .

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:17

No prob Panda. PM your address and I'll send some bits to you. They grow on very easily. 

Limp Lettuce

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:13

I would uproot a couple and check for vine weevil damage - it's  a little white grub which is easy to spot, adn what you describe is certainly the way they operate. If you google it you'll see what the adult looks like, and get more info etc but it's the larvae which do the damage. They tend to be more of a problem in pots over here but if you can identify the problem it always makes the solution easier. The adults are easy to identify and squish which at least prevents them producing more but it might take a while to rid your plot of them. There is a solution called Provado which can be used on them but many people are turning away from it as there's evidence of it damaging other insects - bees in particular. 

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:04

OL - there's a lovely one called Julka which is a Group 2. Take a look on Taylor's site. It's a very rich violet purple with rosier coloured bars and pale stamens. Very nice. It would give a real contrast to a lighter pink or purple.

Quite fancy it myself! 

Joys of wildlife gardening

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 07:58

I discovered a couple of patches of caterpillars on the new blackthorn hedge a few days ago Coys - it's great isn't it!  Mine are torties or peacocks which were around in big numbers last year. Nice when wildlife likes to set up home because of what you've planted  

More help needed please . . . .

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 07:51

Yes - Phormium. One of my Yellow Wave ones  is about to flower any moment. I've just divided some of mine. The common or garden ones get very big - I had the green one which flowered regularly (as in your pic Panda)  but they do need a bit of room to look their best. Lots of good named varieties which tend to be a bit smaller but they're great in containers too. 

If you want a piece of Yellow Wave - green/yellow, or Blackadder - very dark plum, let me know 


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