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Garden design/setup ideas

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 15:18

My advice would be to keep on top of the weeds, but otherwise leave it and see what happens over the next year - sometimes you can get a pleasant surprise. Add some containers but don't put them on anywhere where something could come up.........I've had a few plants arrive after clearing/maintaining an overgrown garden.The light will change throughout the year so this may affect your plans too. Enjoy your new space...

Best for privacy

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 15:10

My mother in law has a mature mexican orange blossom from my old garden. It is now 6 to 7 ft high with a considerable spread. Lovely white flowers that attract insects, smells nice, evergreen, will take pruning if it overfills the space but I think pot growing it will restrict it, so its not as huge in maturity. Lovely plant.

Conifers - many varieties.

Fatsia Japonica or a trellis with climbers


Talkback: How to plant and grow asparagus

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 14:59
I'm preparing a raised bed now. It is in shade now but will get more sun in spring/summer. Is this ok as a lot of advice says dappled shade is kind of ok? There seems to be a lot of contradictory advice about the spacing of plants. Monty video says 12", RHS says 18" apart. A lot of other advice says 3ft between rows but RHS says 18" and Monty video is closer but not commented on. I've read a 4ft wide bed would take two rows but I'm not clear on spacing (grid or staggered!) especially around the edges.....

Talkback: Removing weeds

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 15:48
Dandelions especially can be treated with approx 1/4 teaspoon of salt placed in the centre in dry weather (and best when it will be dry for a couple/few days). The grains then filter down into the soil, killing the whole root. Reapplication may be required. Salt is poisenous in the garden.

Cloche Clips

Posted: 09/02/2012 at 21:16

I have lots of old greenhouse glass which I would like to make cloches out of, ie 2 panes of glass leant together to form a 'tent'. My old gardening book refers to clips as 'patent' clips. I have been searching for over a year now. Does anyone know of where I can purchase these, or an alternative? Perhaps a resourceful gardener has a DIY solution?


Posted: 09/02/2012 at 20:27

I now grow 4 varieties to get the longest season possible. The first 3 were bought as a multi-buy purchase from a gardening catalogue. The 4th was a acquired as someones surplus and is even earlier. My 3 varieties are Toro, Early Blue and Brigitta. If your only getting one I would suggest one which fits with your lifestyle ie ensure your not on holiday when it is due to fruit. They look good in a border but, I now have mine in a seperate netted bed - we often found we didn't get to the fruit in time for breakfast before the birds who love them too.  

Ericasious soil is best. Mine is slightly acidic anyway but I would suggest planting with it and then muching with it in the autumn too.......

Ground Elder

Posted: 09/02/2012 at 20:05

I moved to a neglected garden. Aside from weeding out as much of the roots as possible I used roundup weed killer. Where the elder was around plants I did not want to disturb/spray I'd soak cotton wool and wipe the leaves, this also proved more economical. Eventually after 2-3 years I became elder free. Now organic in another garden I have weeded the roots as much as possible and mulched thickly with wood chippings. As the elder appears I will weed it early in the hope of weakening it and killing it over time. It is important to trace as much of the root as you weed and not break it off where possible. Perserverance is key..........Regarding your neighbours I would have a kind word that their neglect is causing you problems and perhaps offer to help weed it out initially (I did this with another weed problem). I actually find Ground Elder an attractive plant and like its flowers - it may be that you could find a way to accept it as a plant to be kept in check along your boundary rather than considering it a weed? Alternatively you may have to resign yourself to another garden chore that needs to be kept on top of as ground elder will creep.............The polythene sounds a good idea though and growing to love weeding helps too!

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