Jess is in the Garden

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good wildflowers for low Victorian garden wall?

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 20:48

I have inherited a lovely, 3 ft high Victorian garden wall - it's lovely and rough, with moss growing here and there. Have transplanted some sedum cuttings onto it, which are taking well, but wanted to know if anyone has any other tips for good, smallish wall plants which are native and also growable directly into the wall from seed? I have sprinkled some toadflax (Cymbalaria Muralis) around, but no sign of any shoots yet. Did I do something wrong? Any other good seeds to try? Thanks!

Broadcasting poppy seeds into the border

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 20:36


let's wait and see!

meant to be 23 degrees and sunny this week - ABOUT TIME.

Clematis Montana killed during winter

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 20:23

My Montana died back completely this Winter too - all trace of it above ground gone. Had given up on it, 'til I noticed a green shoot poking out of the earth mid-April. We're in London, so possibly warmer than when you are - give it a little time and see - it may surprise you.

Violas attacked.

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 19:42

My tomatoes seem to be suffering like your violas - ragged leaves, holes etc. Can't see any caterpillars...hoping it's not vine weevil! I also don't like spraying chemicals unless completely unavoidable - I make up my own garlic spray using a head of garlic mashed and steeped in boiling water, then misted over leaves as a deterrent - works really well but didn't have any made up this year and paid the price Good luck!

Nematode Warfare

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 19:39

I have vine weevil in my beds (treated in March with nematodes - all good, vine weevils being shown the door) but also massive problem with slugs and have heard that there are nematodes for these little gits too. Can I water in slug nematodes over the same area where vine weevil nematodes have been/still are, or is there some confilct between the two? Many thanks.

Any advice on hand-push lawnmowers?

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 14:48

I have a Handy Lawn Mower and wouldn't have anything else - works really well and is also quite light and compact for me (only 5ft tall - that's me by the way, not the mower!) and only cost £45 from


Posted: 19/05/2012 at 14:45

I also use nematodes which kill the slugs beneath the ground - work a treat and eco friendly. Plus garlic spray for the snails above - double eco warfare

Problem Clay soil

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 09:25

PS: is compost better to use than topsoil?

Problem Clay soil

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 09:24

Thanks Therapy- I shall give that a go this Autumn, trying to dig around the established plants as much as I can. Think I'll also stick with the compost and grit rather than sand, idea. It's almost impossible to keep off the soil when wet, especially as we've had almost 7 weeks of rain! The grass looks pitiful this year and I've been patching it up here and there, but with the clay soil it immediately compacts and new grass seedlings get trampled into the clay if they are walked on - argh! Do I have to fork in manure at all? Or is compost and some grit enough? What about bark chips over the top too which gradually break down into soil? Thanks all for so many good tips, you are very helpful!


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:42

hmm yes I did all of that but perhaps it wasn't quite 20 degrees...good point! do you happen to know what height my seedlings ought to reach before I sgould plant them out Alina? there are traces of seedlin heads coming through and a few are almost 1cm...

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