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Overgrown rockery

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 16:19

 Blitzing isn't the simple answer it seems to be.  Celandine is a bitch.   Haul it up and miss just one of the wee white nodules on its roots and it comes back next year.  It looks pretty, though, so I leave it to flower - I don't see it till then, anyway - and then spray it.  That more or less works, though I always seems to miss some hiding somewhere.  At least it doesn't sting like nettles.

Unsightly pipe work - Recomendations?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 09:47

Whatever you do, don't plant 'mile-a-minute' vine, whose proper name escapes me for the moment, I'm afraid.  It's pretty and tough, and a rampant climber which will be up shoving among and under and through your roof tiles before you can turn round.  I had one that in two years was up three floors and climbing under the slates towards the chimneys.  The hydrangea is a great cover with very pretty flower mops and attractive seed-heads in winter, and self-supporting, sticking itself onto your wall.  Birds love nesting in it - in my garden, at least.

Instead of a pot or raised bed, you might consider lifting some of the concrete to dig out a wee bed in the ground; not for anything with big roots, though, which might damage the foundations.  

sanity in need of restoring

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 23:40

I've had this problem in a minor way.  One solution - or rather avoiding a problem; in a small garden, I didn't want a titchy wee lawn.  Put in a patio and/or gravel over the worst bits, at least for the moment.  You can remodel it later, and it gives the place a mask of respectability and open usefulness for now.

Cherry tree.

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 23:32

Better late than too early and then frosted, like last year.  Six cherries I got, off three wee trees - or rather, the birds got them, it wasn't worth while netting them.  I hope for better this year, though like you, lecatsmother, there's not a bud opening yet - but they're plumping up.

Tomato growing tips

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 17:25

I truly wish you better luck with your tomatoes than I've ever had, people!  This year, off six bush plants, I've got a total of less than 400gm of green marbles.

Tomato growing tips

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 15:46

For great tomatoes, save time, money and effort, and do your bit to stop urban decay; go to your local greengrocer, assuming you stil have one, and buy locally-grown ones.  

I give up!

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 18:02

Thanms for the encouragement, guys and dolls, but I'm not convinced.   Still, hope, they say, blooms e4ternal.  Unlike my roses...   By the time spring comes round I may have decided to give it another try.  We'll see.

I give up!

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 13:47

I've got a big, L-shaped, 80cm deep raised bed I built two years ago in my small back yard, specially to grow vegetables.  It has a 2-storey house to the south, and walls all round, so in winter it gets no sun, but in summer is a suntrap, so I also have a wee sit-ootery there - which I haven't used once this year, drattit.  I put in loads of daffodil bulbs, deep down so I could grow other things over the top, and strawberries all round the edge; lilies and asparagus against the south-facing wall behind it; and a few Pink Fir Apple and Edsel Blue potatoes tight against the south rim, so they could cascade over the edge.  I then planted six bush tomatoes in front of the lilies, and over the top of the daffodils I put onion and shallott setts, and sowed rows of radish, various lettuce, beetroot, spring onion and carrots.  I put in a seep hose which I used regularly, fed them all religiously and lovingly, carefully weeded out the lawn of holly seedlings which my neighbour's tree showers on my ground like confetti, and waited.

The daffodils were grand, as were the lilies.  The potatoes did well - I just planted them fairly deep and didn't bother earthing them up, and they flourished happily over the wall and gave me young, tasty potatoes in abundance for just me, over about three months - even the 'new' potatoes lasted well if left alone by me and the slugs.  The rest was a disaster.  Three 5cm carrots snf four radishes; one spike of asparagus - in January, if I remember rightly, I wrote about it here; the garlic and spring onions simply vanished; and everything else went - charged! - to seed.  I think out of a kilo of setts I got about five decent onions, and a lovely show of flowers.  One strawberry, from two dozen plants. About 20 pea-sized green tomatoes. The compost heap has grown enormously.

This year, the small potatoes I've left in the ground can grow on, among the daffodils and lilies.  If they come, they come.  I'll fill in the space with chrysanths or something for cut flowers, like the daffies.  Vegetables are clearly a waste of time, money and effort.

New site - bugs

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 17:34

Sotongeoff - I think that's what I'll have to do - cancel my newsletter and start a new one.  Certainly sounds simpler than what I've been struggling with so far.  Thanks.

Insomnia - I didn't put my email address into my personal profile, so that I can't change it!  I don't know if that would get through to Central Office anyway - do they ever read profiles, or is there an automatic link?  Do they ever read these blogs?  I'd think the grdeners do, but the office folk?  I doubt it...  Thanks for trying, anyway.

New site - bugs

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 13:58

Sorry, Insomnia, it only lets you change the things you want seen on your public forum, as far as I can see - and that doesn't have my email address on it anyway.  I've been through everything I can find, and I can't find this!

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