Gary Hobson

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Posted: 25/02/2013 at 08:08

Morning early bunny rabbit, and other forkers still in their nice warm beds,

No sunshine here. It's dreary and cold. But not quite as cold as it has been. I've got two bird baths - a hanging one which was frozen, and one on the ground, which was not frozen. I won't be doing much outside today.

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Posted: 24/02/2013 at 16:33

Mistress Becks' planting list seems very ambitious.

I like brussels. I did try to grow them once. I don't get a single sprout worth cooking. Much easier to buy them frozen in a bag.

is re-cyling your green bin ,a good thing?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 09:24

The original poster asked if recycling was a problem.

Recycing is not a problem. It's the fact that many gardeners want to buy dangerous chemicals that is the problem.

Even without recycling, dangerous chemicals spread on the garden find their way into the water table and pollute the environment.

plants for ex compost bin

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 09:04

Traditional rockery plants normally prefer sun.

Carol Klein's garden, featured on TV, has a lot of waist-high raised beds. They can provide a very good and well-drained growing environment.

They also raise plants up to eye level, and you don't need to bend down to cultivate the soil.

The absence of sun is your main problem. You need to grow shade-loving plants. What about some hostas.

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Posted: 24/02/2013 at 08:14

Morning forkers,

Another cold day, and no end in sight.

I love the stonework photos just above. I've got some standing stone photos, and old gravestone photos, of my own...

Artifacts like those are exactly what I'd like in my garden (perhaps reproductions), and covered with lichens.

Water plants for a wildlife pond

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 07:56

That's quite a small pond, so the number of plants it will hold will be limited. Pond plants tend to be vigourous growers too.

As you say, you'll need an oxygenator - hornwort, milfoil or elodea. Then maybe a small water lily to cover part of the surface, and perhaps a small water iris, or other upright plant, at the side.

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Posted: 23/02/2013 at 16:10

That cake looks yummy...

is re-cyling your green bin ,a good thing?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 14:02

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Posted: 23/02/2013 at 13:10

Laurel are stately plants, that do make fine bushes. They are evergreen too, so provide much better screening than hawthorn or privet.

How far apart to plant them, and how close to the fence, depends how wide the gap is, how deep the border is, and how big you'd like the plants to grow.

You could place them equally spaced in the gap. I would think that you need to leave at least 30cm between them and the fence. But it depends on how big (or small) you want to keep them.

The shade cast by laurel is quite dense. So other plants may struggle to grow beneath them. One benefit of that is that they also supress the growth of any weeds.

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Posted: 23/02/2013 at 09:04


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