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Strawberry Plants and Fruit bushes - weed control

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 21:44

We have a simple framework, with a fine-mesh net over it to keep birds, and cats, from our soft fruit.    I have read somewhere about growing strawberry plants in a length of guttering, which can be propped up on supports to keep the slugs off - just an idea.

Please identify this plant

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 21:41

I love these simple poppy flowers.    I have them in my garden, more and more each year, both in yellow and a few in orange.   I have never planted them, they just arrived.   I agree with Figrat - definitely no need to sow seeds!

Lavender from seed

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 21:38

I've never grown lavender from seed, as cuttings root very easily.   Can you not beg a few snippings from friends and neighbours?


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 08:41

I just chuck old compost from pots onto my flower garden.    It all helps to enrich the soil, and to improve the heavy clay.

sea holly?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 11:29

Can you give us a photo, please?    Descriptions are not always helpful.

What is this?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 21:45

My first impression was that it was a perennial sweet pea, and not a clematis at all!

New to gardening-need help!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 21:39

Don't forget that small trees can be grown in pots too, and will give your garden some height and help cover those fences.

Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:43

I had one of these taking over my garden and the pavement too when I moved into my present house.   I hacked it back regularly at any time of the year when it just needed it.   But here is the offical RHS advice from one of their books : "prune formal hedges and wall-trained plants back to the fading flowers or nearest berry cluster in mid- or late summer.   Trim again lightly in early autumn if fresh growth obscures fruit display."   I might just say, mine was too vigorous to just prune lightly, and I found it rooted in everywhere it touched the ground.    In the end, for the sake of people walking past the house, I dug it up.

Broken plum tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:37

Sorry, I have no experience of plum trees, but I never give up on any plant straight away.    It might take time, but if the roots are OK, I would leave this in place and just keep your fingers crossed.    In my experience, patience will be rewarded.

Leaving the garden to itself for a year - what to plant?

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:33

The house next door to me has been let for two years, and both tenants are non-gardeners.    The first one did nothing at all.    The second tenant hired a gardener to chop everything back - two men spent a whole day doing it.   The tenant now just mows the lawn but nothing else.   Let's just hope you get a tenant who wants to rent a house because they really want a garden.   Failing that I would definitely organise a gardener to keep it in order.

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