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herbs in oil

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:52

When I saw trhe price of garlic oil in the supermarket, I started to make my own.     I only make up a small amount at a time, enough for about a month, and keep it in the refrigerator.   No problems so far, and lots of money saved.

Planting clematis - distance?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:19

No, I don't think so.    I have clematis planted on two obelisks, about four on each one.     They are less than a foot apart, and give a lovely show in the summer.


Posted: 31/03/2013 at 13:02

Why not try growing Land Cress or American Cress, as it is also known.     This can be grown in pots or in the ground, and it tastes the same as watercress.    The seed is sometimes difficult to find, but a good garden centre should have it.

Belts and Braces.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 20:49

Well, it looked mauve to me - but it might be the same as the blue slate that Lawrence G asked about!

Small tree for front garden

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:13

Three years ago I planted a small magnolia stellata in my front garden.    It faces due north, and is subject to strong north winds, but the magnolia has flowered beautifully each year since.     I believe they only grow to about three metres, but if it eventually outgrows the garden, I will be long gone!

Belts and Braces.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 16:00

I once moved to a house where the flower beds in the front garden were all covered in mauve slate.    Ghastly stuff.    I couldn't mulch the soil to improve it, and planting anything into it was a nightmare.    I spent four years trying to remove it, and then moved house!

Watering Garden from 1st Floor Apartment

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 07:54

If you can't cut into the drainpipes, maybe you could put guttering on a garden shed?    We have two waterbutts attached to our greenhouse, and they give a plentiful supply of water.    If you have the space, then, you can link waterbutts together to collect even more.    It is quite an expense to start with, but well worth it, especially if you are on a water meter.    We also have seven butts attached to our house, and never need to use mains water now.

Winter flowering violas

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 07:40

I also treat these as annuals.    Mine, planted last October, have been flowering ever since, through rain, snow and frost.     They are still going strong,in pots, underplanted with spring bulbs which are all coming through now.    The two flowering together will look great.     I much prefer the little violas to the winter pansies.   I expect mine to last at least until May when I change the pots to summer flowering plants, then they go in the compost bin.

Used ground coffee

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 07:30

I put mine into the compost bin

winter flowering plants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:01

I agree, the ribes is stunning.    How about Viburnum Bodnantense "Dawn" for pink flowers all winter?

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