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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 17:47

I've always used a standard MPC Louise, with no problems, but I've never sown in autumn, only this time of year or directly outside later on in spring.

David will keep you right - he's the Sweet Pea king here! 


How to make a Leylandii hedge more wildlife friendly

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 17:41

Ruth, I came across a nursery online which specialises in Shade Plants. It's called Long Acre Plants. I haven't used them personally but it has loads of lovely ideas there for the sort of plants you're looking for. 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 17:35

doc - that almost sounded as if you were going to say 'this week, I shall be mostly listening to...' 


Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:53

LF -  I remember the pond from a previous thread but can't remember who built it. He was giving some assistance to someone else who was planning a pond, and was talking about the lovely paddlestones he'd used. It would be great to see an update this year as I'm sure he'll have put a lot more planting in an  around it.

I'd hoped to put a small pond in here, but I may have just a container style one as I don't think I'll be here very long.  I'll look forward to seeing yours LF. It's a great feature to have, whatever size it is 

I can't take any real credit for the pond at my old house - it had been there for over twenty years. It was so badly neglected that it was in danger of needing total renovation, and a lot of money spent on it, if it had been left much longer, so most of our input was clearance. My entire garden front and back gardens here would have fitted into it! 

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:25

Hopefully the floodwater won't have done too much damage Ivyhouse. Your garden looks lovely and I'm sure in a couple of months it will have completely recovered. Easy to forget that you don't have to be low lying to have a flood. The ground is saturated in so many areas that it just can't drain away quickly. Here's hoping we get a bit of warm dry weather in March 

Not very likely up here though 

Strawberry novice

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:19

I've never bothered pinching off the flowers JossVam. I had runners from my sister and plants bought in end of season sales which had already had a crop on them,and I've not noticed a huge difference. As Dave says, good feeding and care brings a good crop. Shame to have a load of them sitting there and not get any benefit till next year.  You could always leave half of them if you've got quite a lot so that you get the best of both worlds! 

Old Grow bags - not used

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:08

The nutrients just become a bit depleted Tracey that's all. As nut and Muddyfork have already said - you can use it in different ways without any problem. Like nut, I've mixed old with new, and I've also used old stuff for the bottom half of large pots and used the new stuff for the top half. It's ideal for loosening up beds or borders that have heavy or compacted soil.

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 16:01

Euonymous will grow quite happily up against walls and fences and have the appearance of a climber even though it grows in  different way.  It'll take a while to reach the height of that fence though, Jim. Escallonia (evergreen) will grow up against a fence and can be kept quite 'flat' against it with a bit of pruning now and again.


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:52

Ooh err Dove- it wasn't that kind of exotica 

I told them I was going to bring forth a plague of snakes on them - pestilence etc. That kind of thing 

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:48

Good idea Gmaiden. The plain terracotta long toms are quite inexpensive.

Is there enough crumble for me Dove? Yumm 

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