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Growing blueberries

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 18:26

I  have done the same as above. bought in pots of the correct compost and planted out into bigger hole (in very heavy and wet clay I might add) filled with ericaceous compost and left to get on with it. I top dress once a year with the same compost and even in the pond that is my garden this year they have fared well. They are tucked into my least windy corner and managed to give me a reasonable crop in their first year. I am planting new ones out in a more exposed site so will also be giving them a bit of a windbreak to help them along. Green netting for cheapness and if late frosts are expected some fleece also I think.

Free guide for native pond and bog garden plants

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 17:03

I picked up a reference to this little guide on another post last week. It is called "Keeping ponds and aquaria without harmful invasive plants" A bit of a long winded title but very descriptive of content. Available free from Plantlife in conjunction with RHS and after I emailed them (Plantlife)  it arrived about a week later. We have just built a pond and have lots of soggy land  and I have been overwhelmed with info on the internet so this little booklet was just what I  needed to focus me on the task in hand which is planting a smallish  wildlife pond with native plants.

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 16:07

I have been looking at the very same thing and have found a site that offers a wide range of hedging and am plumping for lonicera nidida as I want a low short affair but in my old cottage in a similar position I planted a mixed beech at the front and  native mix at the back  that worked very well for wildlife. They have such a mix and it might be worth taking a look . I will try to put in the link!! http://www.hedgenursery.co.uk/ Of course there are many nurserys offering such a mix and I got my old one from a local source,

Climbers for wet areas

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 15:10

Thanks for that, I have already made a bit of a raised bed in the hope that it might help. the pyracantha sounds a good idea but I will have a look at the above as well. The garden is a nightmare as it seems permanently saturated if not under water ( heavy clay) Drainage is not practical we have been told ;so everything is being constructed above ground level like decks and raised beds. I have just gone ahead and planted to see what will go and have been rewarded with a wonderful display of sweet peas and lots of different types of beans despite the almost constant rain up here in the north west.

Climbers for wet areas

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 20:36

Has anyone any ideas for climbers or any plant that would cover a 3' high by 6' wide trellis on the edge of my bog garden. I need it to give me some privacy from bothersome neighbours (not too near but in my line of sight without some barrier)  and also to cut down the wind round my seating and wildlife pool area; but the ground seems to be permanently wet to wetish? I have been on the Internet but have come up with zilch.

Lavender

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 18:38

Mine arrived today and I have potted them on with regular compost. I used cardboard toilet roll inners cut in half and set in a seed tray. Filled them with the compost and popped a little plug into each on. just the right size for now, watered and in the cold frame till they need potting on again.

Something for a windy corridor

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 23:33

I have just planted an evergreen Euonymous in just such a situation. We live in a really windy location and have a six foot corridor between our house and next doors garage through which the wind fairly whistles.The soil is dreadful but so far so good and although the shrub bends with the wind and leans away a little it is doing well. I am reliably informed by my local nurseryman that I will be able to control its growth with clipping to keep the path clear.

Have region as well as name

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 12:14

Yes this would be a good idea because what might work in Cornwall would not necessarily work up here in the far north west advise wise because of the different conditions.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 17:30

I moved last year into a less rural garden and was starting to be bothered by cats but my neighbour told me about this. SCAREDY CAT PLANT - Coleus canina hybrid. She tried it last year and found she had very few visits. We clubbed together and ordered some large plug plants from the Internet. I have placed mine at strategic spots around the veg garden and so far this year have only seen a couple of cats and have had no unpleasant surprises whilst weeding. They apparently deter other animals also.  I have looked the plant up on the Internet and it would seem that if protected it should survive the winter up here in the north but I will take some cuttings to be on the safe side.

annoying drop downs / popups

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 10:13

I am finding it increasingly annoying when I am using the site because of the Clas ohlson drop down in  particular and other bits of moving advertising in general. I am not as young as I might have been and a bit slow on the old keyboard but every time I go to log out; by the time I have clicked the wretched thing has got in the way and I am on another site entirely. There are other instances when advertising web pages suddenly arrive where I have innocently clicked to view a plant or some such item of particular interest. Surely there is no need for these things to "move"??? The only purpose in this would seem to me to be to catch me out and thrust me into a bit of advertising hell. Is there no way I can stop this happening so that I actually click and go where I intended to in the first place?

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Free guide for native pond and bog garden plants

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annoying drop downs / popups

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My book of the year 
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