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Kaitlin De Luca

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Plants for a difficult spot

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:33

Oo, I like the angelica idea. I was starting to think grasses, but that is pretty!

Also good tip re reductions at garden centres - maybe I'll wait a bit

Plants for a difficult spot

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 18:06

Hi, I need some advice please!

I've just finished sorting an area of the garden that was previously overgrown with brambles etc. Some of it I'm using for leafy veg, but there's a patch about 1.5m square that I want to plant with something pretty. I'm thinking flowers, but edibles would also be good. It gets pretty much no direct sunlight. The soil is pretty poor - hit stones and sand within about a foot - but I have some manure I could dig in.

Ideally I want something soft/frothy and tall. Think those lovely verbena bonariensis. I was thinking of putting a seed mix in, but it's probably too late in the year now. Is there anything I could put in now to get some late summer/autumn colour? Oh, and I want to spend as little as possible (it's a rented property)!

Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 22:30

Hurrah, that's what I said! Thanks y'all.

Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 19:27



Grape vine where we're replacing a pagoda

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 15:12

Yep, in Manchester. I have no idea if it has fruited! Thank you, some useful advice. I will threaten that anyone who damages it gets no lunch!

Grape vine where we're replacing a pagoda

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 14:13


I'm helping out on someone else's allotment (on 20 March) - we're clearing a space which currently has on it a very rickety pagoda-type structure, and replacing it with a larger and more substantial structure.

The thing is, there is a grape vine growing near one of the existing posts (which will be removed). It is tied to the existing roof, but isn't really wound round it/attached to it at all (nor to the post). We plan to put in a post next to it within the new structure, and tie the vine in to this internal post and then the roof.

I need to know how best I can protect the vine from damage during the removal and construction process, especially as there will a few guys helping out who are not gardeners and who I suspect won't be quite as careful as me!

I don't think it has been pruned particularly in recent years; it seems to be one long stem really, perhaps 4m long. I know it is not the right time of year to be pruning it, so I presume that cutting it back now would be pretty detrimental?!

Any advice?!

Veg to sow now

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 16:16

So I'm guessing it would be different varieties that 'will over-winter to produce an early crop next year'? And mine won't do that?

Thanks, MuddyFork, I'm going to put some in for a last harvest, as you say.


Veg to sow now

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 13:50

Maybe worth mentioning, I have no greenhouse, and I have a small garden in Manchester, where there is one single bed that gets sun! I tend to sow a few of each thing in a small row or dotted between other things in that bed.

Veg to sow now

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 13:48

The 'what to do now' section of the site says we can now sow, amongst others, spinach, swiss chard, beetroot and spring onions. I have some seeds for these, but all the packs say to sow from March to July or August.

Can anyone explain? Is this just a matter of there being different varieties to sow at different times of year (I have rainbow chard, beetroot boltardy, and spring onion white lisbon). Or is it perhaps that they can be sown now if under cover/in a greenhouse?


Posted: 09/05/2012 at 13:46

Just found the seed packet - the chillies I've grown are Cayenne - and it says I should harvest Aug-Oct. Should have checked that first, eh?!

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