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Latest posts by Ivyhouse

Rose pruning

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:57

Tracey, my advice was for your shrub roses but I didn't make that too clear. Hope I haven't confused you too much.

Rose pruning

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 21:30

I think you still have time to prune your bush rose quite hard Tracey.I usually take mine down to about 8 inches each on the strong stems, preferably to an outward facing bud. Mine are shooting like crazy and still have a few flowers from a late flourish but this will all be coming off next weekend.

Tomato varieties for outdoors

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:43

I usually grow Gardeners Delight in the gh but last year I had a bumper crop from seeds that grew out of a mulch from my compost heap. I transplanted them into a different bed and they cropped far better than those inside. While I don't eat them myself my family eat them like sweets.

Replacing a rose

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:37

During some building work at home the workmen have unfortunately, by combination of scaffolding and boots, destroyed a rose from our small bed. To keep the symmetry I would like to replace it but I know perceived wisdom says not to plant a rose where there has been one previously. What is the worst that can happen if I give this a go and does anyone have first hand experience ?

Many thanks.

Mulch question

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 21:36

Compost it is then folks. Many thanks again for the insightful replies.

Mulch question

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 18:38

I've just spent the day shredding a heap of hornbeam and privet and now have a considerable batch of potential mulch. Is there anything I shouldn't use it for or can I safely spread it round the veg. plot as well as the flower beds ?

Many thanks.

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 22:15

 This is the correct pic. Saturday afternoon.

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 22:01

Sorry, wrong file uploaded. This was in fact in September but it was the same on Saturday. I'll try to find the latest image.


Camera Corner

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:58

 This is our back garden at the weekend. We are not low lying, in fact the opposite but on a bed of clay. By this morning it has started to drain and hopefully my plants won't all have drowned.

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:44
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

Are these the same jars Ivy? If so, I think they will be ok for preserving. Why don't you try something that de isn't matter if it spoils and see? They say they are air tight so should be ok 

One and the same Tracey. I'm going to give them a try with some marmalade, bubbling away nicely at the moment. Fingers crossed. Thank you to all for the messages. This place is great isn't it ?

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