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Daunted by a new start

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 22:06

If you are ever going to, now is the time to improve your soil. If you have clay soil you will need to improve the drainage. That is the main problem, not lack of nutrients. It's well worth doing this as if you don"t you will just have continued heartache in the years to come and working clay is very, very hard going. You will need several tons of sand and grit and at least a ton of good compost. Get someone with heavy machinery to do the work for you. If you try and do it yourself it will take months and you will end up ( like me) with a bad back.

Also get or make a composter, so you can carry on the good work into the future. I can assure you it is possible to garden on clay without a lot of digging, if you get the first step right. Good luck. Ian

About to eat these mushies. Safe?

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 00:01

I think you're scaremongering. All of the deadly mushrooms in UK are woodland species and deaths per year are in single figures. I have never heard of anyone getting severe poisoning from a lawn mushroom, though I agree it's best to know exactly what it is...My advice is good.

A tester (tropical buffs only)

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 00:13


It's hard to come by in most of Brazil except when it's flooded.... There is no public water in our area, I pump most of what we use from a local lake. The rest comes from a well - when it's not dried up. If I told you where we lived, would you be any the wiser...?

G Granny,

Thank you for you're interesting response. I didn't realise Pride of Barbados/ Mexican Peacock Flower would grow in the S of France. Do passion flowers grow there also? I used to have a Blue Passion flower ( Passiflora caerulea) in England. It did OK but occasionally got hit by late frost. The fruits were not edible,however. I grow passion flowers wherever I can. It's easier to rip stuff out than plant it and it won't grow!


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 23:56

You have my sympathy. I have a wisteria that stubbornly refuses to grow (in Brazil!). They are very temperamental plants, either spectacular or disastrous.  Who knows what the problem is? One thing is is that it is a legume ( pea-family). They do like sandy, well-drained soil. If you have clay...... If it does go toes up, refuse to give up the ghost and plant a blue passion flower, Passiflora caerulea, great foliage, spectacular, unusual and exotic flowers and fully hardy against a south wall in most of England or if you are clayey, Campsis radicans......Good luck. Ian.

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Rowan tree

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 23:03

I think the fact that it's flowering quite late - it ought to be fruiting soon - is because it was planted quite late (April). The removal stress has upset its biological clock, plus the rather cold late spring. You should get berries in about November. If so, all is well. Good gardening. Ian.

About to eat these mushies. Safe?

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 22:48

Most large lawn mushrooms are safe and tasty. Not the small ones. Check the underside. If it is ribbed and greyish-pink, like the ones in the shops, it is okay. If there is any yellow or it is all white AVOID. Don't worry too much - death-caps are pretty rare...

PS If you are lucky this autumn you may get some ink-caps. So called because they go black and slimy when old. No, no. But when young they taste like asparagus! They are one of the commonest grass mushrooms yet most people don't know what they are. I do advise you to do some research, however, as some mushrooms, though not poisonous, are very Donald Trump + quite a few don't combine with alcohol ...........;-)

Hope you had a nice barbie. Ian.

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Ideas for a native mixed hedge

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 01:04

What a wonderful idea. Privet is so boring and wildfife unfriendly. I agree with all the plant selections. I would just add one if you want to add a little height at intervals or in the corner, though it rarely goes above 2 meters - Field Maple (Acer campestre). It is the perfect habitat for many species of nesting birds.We have a couple in our hedge at the garden bottom in Lincs.

Just one word of warning, most of these plants will self-seed and increase your weed problem, but I guess you're willing to accept that. Good luck. Ian

A tester (tropical buffs only)

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 00:38

I thought this would produce some entertainment. I'd really love to know how you water a 15 meter tall tree, Ladybird...;-)  "Access to water" Ceres. Well there's the rub. If you knew how hard water is to come by here...

The tree is technically still alive as it still has a few shoots, but it didn't flower well last year and will be worse this. It could be just old age, I don't think these live very long. I'm not really into euthanasia though.

At the moment 2 has my vote, partly because I have just had to guillotine another Thunbergia grandiflora that was growing through another tree and gradually smothering it. I won't say cut it down because that would have been impossible. It looked absolutely fabulous,however, Nutcutlet, and flowered for nearly all year round!

It's a whole different ball-game here. This is jungle. Climbers are completely rampant...Thanks for the excellent response though. Keep them coming. Ian.

BTW Does anyone know why Thunbergias (several of them ) are called "clock vines"?

A tester (tropical buffs only)

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 00:14

I'd love to know how you get "access to enough water"! It hasn't rained here at all for over 2 months... Thank you for your suggestion though.


Posted: 11/08/2016 at 00:09

Packet seeds are getting ridiculous in price.

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