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Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:18

Will you have access to plenty of well rotted farm yard manure?

That is the best stuff for turning clay into workable loam. Raised beds will help with drainage for shallow rooted plants. You have to be careful it doesn't form a pan of clay at the bottom which stops drainage. I am on a slope and the terraced veg beds contain very sandy soil with underlying clay. If it rains heavily, the rain goes straight through, hits the clay level,runs downhill and comes up in the greenhouse where it sits in a big puddle. The greenhouse frog likes it though.

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:11

Could you post some photos of the area, using the tree icon in the tool bar?

Flower Types

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:05

There are usually offers on the Apricot begonias in Spring. Most of the seed houses have them as tubers.

Verbena bonariensis is easily grown from seed sown in spring.

Centaurea montana is available from nurseries or many garden centres in spring. They are dying down now for winter.

Gigantic Knautia Macedonica (Scabious) invasion

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 07:19

My Cephalaria gigantea were at least 7ft. Knautia macedonica melton pastels have grown to around 5ft. Shame I put them at the front of a border. I have seeds to grow new plants for  the back of the wild patch. The bees love them both.


not water mint

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 19:44

The stuff growing by the canal here has more pinky purple flowers. What do the leaves smell like?


French lavender

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 15:40

Lavender dont repeat flower. They look their best in June. I leave the flower heads on for most of the winter as the goldfinches will pick seeds out of them. I tidy them up in Spring, but if you like a tidy garden, give them a trim now to dead head them all.


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 15:36

Daily Mail seem to think we are going to have a hard winter.

but then they also forecast a barbeque summer

Not around here it wasn't. Well maybe one day.... the day I had to work.

Verbena bonanseris cuttings - can they go out into the border?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 15:34

I would pot them into larger pots and trim them down to make them bush. Then keep under some protection, cold frame or greenhouse should be fine. I think they may die over winter if outside  or be late starting if we have the hard winter that some think we we have because of a strong El Nino. 


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 15:22

I dont know what brand Monty uses.  If you want really long handles, try these.

or for medium length handles

or from Suttons




seed potatos

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 15:13

Only keep for seed if you have had no disease whatsoever on the plants.

I always buy commercially grown seed potatoes, guaranteed virus free, usually grown high up in scotland where there are no aphids to spread the disease.

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fungi identification please

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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