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Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 24/02/2012 at 20:33

Rosemay is quite hardy in Bristol.  It flowers all the year round  The prostrate type is not so hardy, however, and benefits from going under a cloche for the winter

Redesign of garden

Posted: 24/02/2012 at 19:36

My potager should be finished next week.  Of course, I could not resist starting to dress it with

my white crocuses,

How long to leave manure on the soil before planting

Posted: 24/02/2012 at 16:53

Three months at least for fresh manure.  I get fresh manure delivered in the spring and spread it in the autumn and the autumn delivery is spread in March.

Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 24/02/2012 at 09:27

Kathryn.brock.  The water rate for unmetered dwellings is based on the old general rate which was probably quite small for a small flat so you were having cheap baths.  Ihave the opposite as my bungalow was highly rated so , now I am on a meter ,I am saving a great deal every year.

Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 19:17

Cassie, to turn your raised bed into a potager should be quite simple and enjoyable.  A potager is simply a decorative veg. garden so you do smart things ike weaving flowers for pollinating insects to get nectar through your vegetables.  Make patterns with your veg.  Each of my eight raised beds will have  a wigwam with runnner beans and sweet peas growing up it and there will be lavender plants at the two corners by the middle path which will give a very fragrant walk up through the beds.  Alternate red lettuce with green lettuce, thread a snake of annual flowers through the veg. Dot verbena bonariensis through to tower over the smaller veg.  Get the idea?

Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 15:27

Adam, succulents are a good idea.  Graptopetalums ( the Ghost Plant) go well with pelargoniums and are so easy to propagate from a leaf.  See picture of mine ready to give me dozens.


Posted: 22/02/2012 at 16:51

Being too tidy in the garden is the eighth deadly sin, in my opinion. David.  Co-operate with nature to get the best productivity.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 09:59

Eight beds all built and installed. Paths next.  I like your corner, donutsmrs.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 14:40

Six in, two to go.  This is all

very exciting.

Gardner's World TV

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 13:10

All of youwho lie ornamental grasses should not miss "How to grow a Planet" tonight at 9pm on BBC2.  It is about how the planet changed when the grasses evolved.  The series has been fascinating.  Sarah Raven is on tomorrow night at 8pm.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 18:21

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 15:36


My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 17:10

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

picture difficulties

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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49

Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16

Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 13:33

Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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Last Post: 03/04/2013 at 19:50
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