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Kate Bradbury

Latest posts by Kate Bradbury

Redesign of garden

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 13:55

Thanks both. I would love a garden with 'rooms' too - one day! I would also love to get rid of the lawn... I think a circle centre if the way to go though, I'll post a photo when I've done it.


Talkback: Growing species tulips

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 12:25
@Helenlittleash - thanks for highlighting the image problem. A few images on our our features pages have got mixed up in the transfer over to the new site. This will be fixed as soon as possible!

Thanks again


Apple Trees

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 11:26

Hi James! What a fun way to grow apples! Be aware though, that the tree you grow may only produce crab apples, or tasteless, inedible apples. The variety is very unlikely to resemble variety the pip came from. But it's a great way to grow apples, and who knows, you might grow a brand new type.

But if you want to give it a go, just save the seed from an apple and sow them in a pot in spring. Keep repotting whenever the pots becaome root-bound, until you're ready to plant it in the ground. It should take around six to seven years before the tree fruits, when you'll find out if the experiment was worth it or not!


Hedge problems

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 11:04

Hi Kev

There could be a number of reasons why this is happening, including waterlogging or drought. How old is the hedge? Another factor could be honey fungus (thought it's difficult to diagnose). Have you noticed any orange toadstools around the area, or flattened strands of fungi resembling black boot laces? If so, you will need to remove the hedge and replace it with a different species of hedge.

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 10:51

@bigphil Wow gorgeous! Certainly brightens up the winter garden. I wonder if it will flower next May?

@BuzzLightYear They could indeed, yes. Any new growth, as well as flowers, leaves and buds could suffer frost damage, if tender. But the plants won't die. You may need to cut back damaged growth in spring (don't be tempted to do it now as it could exacerbate the problem).


Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 07/12/2011 at 14:41
Sheila - don't worry about packing the leaves too tight. They'll still rot down. There should be no need to wet them if they're in an open cage.


Seed buying

Posted: 07/12/2011 at 09:55

Ooh fab. Celery is quite tricky in my experience, but it's good to have a challenge!

Talkback: Snakes in the garden

Posted: 05/12/2011 at 15:55
Lovely to see your avatars, Richard and Marion! Hopefully lots of others will follow suit soon.

happymarion - I look forward to discovering the length of your longest slow worm!

Richard - please keep us posted on the king snake.



Posted: 29/11/2011 at 14:00

Ladybirds are still on the wing in my London garden. I've not taken down the runner beans, as they are covered in blackfly - food for the ladybirds and garden birds. Do you have ladybirds on the wing in your garden? Or have they moved into your house for winter hibernation?

Favourite tools

Posted: 29/11/2011 at 13:57

I'm giving my shed a good clear out, keeping only the bare minimum of tools - one border spade and fork, trowel, hand fork, rake and secateurs. There are so many other tools which I find unnecessary in my tiny garden. Which tools could you not live without, and why?

Discussions started by Kate Bradbury

Talkback: Queen wasp

Lovely x x 
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Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside... Kate 
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Potted ponds in Thailand

Just some of the many 'potted ponds' I found in Thailand 
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Favourite tools

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Redesign of garden

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Seed buying

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Plants still in flower?

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