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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Here we go again.

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 14:27


I think 3a and b are weigela. It could have pale pink or dark pink flowers. Not sure about the others atm.



Advice for a small garden on a small budget!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 13:14

It might be worth you looking at the deeds in case you can't replace the wire fence, which doesn't look very good. We have a patch of that towards the bottom of our garden and we can't replace it so instead have grown plants close to it so it disappears, and some plants have hidden it for us.

There is a seed share and a seed swap thread(s) on the forum and this I have found is very useful if you have extra seeds and want to find them a good home or someone has seeds of something you would like to grow your self.

If you want plants now, I would look in the reduced section in your local garden centres and also check out B&Q as they can also have some bargains.

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:59

Chilis, tomatoes and cucumber. I grew cucumber Crystal Lemon for the first time last year and had a lot of fruits, so I'm growing it again this year. Costoluto tomatoes were good too, less seeds more flesh. No one else got a look in on these, they were that good.

Artjak, don't forget you can grow tomatoes in hanging baskets too. I have been doing this for 5-6 years now and get a really good crop.


Talkback: Old lady moths

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:54

Don't think so. We had one fly around the lounge on Sunday.

Alan Titchmarsh designs a Chelsea garden

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:52

I'm sure I read that he wouldn't be doing Chelsea for the BBC this year. Someone tell me if I'm wrong or not.

What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:50

Loads of gravel is what I use.

Raised beds, How to fill?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 16:03

We used soil from digging a large pond and also added multipurpose compost and chicken pelleted manure. Everything in the beds grows, no casualties.

What to plant under 2 small apple trees

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 16:00

Bluebells, hellebores, ophiopogon, dog tooth violets, hyacinth, scillas.

Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:56

Hi Pariate,

we've used ordinary garden hose to go from our greenhouse to the water buts.



Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 09:58

Hi Pariate

we have three linked water buts down the side of our house and they sit on a deck that is 12 by 2 feet. We have never had any problems with heavy rain and our water buts have never overflowed. We also have two that take the run off from the greenhouse and again have not had problems with overflow.

The water but lids are tight to stop mossies laying their eggs in. You probably need one of the holes to feed pipe/tubing into. I think ours have holes and we haven't blocked them up.

I'm guessing the builder could be concerned that your decking may rot where your water but is, if the water doesn't drain away.



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Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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Moses in the bulrushes

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What to do when the plant has gone over 
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