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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:43

Ive sewn 2 seads in each pot and they all seem to be germinating well. Should I thin out the weakest plant in each pot, or leave them alone?

Joe Swift - Gardeners World Circular garden design

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:40

Could it have been one of the gardens at the televised Gardeners World Live show at the NEC? Or even perhaps one of the Chelsea Flower Show gardens?

How to prune these plants

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 20:04

Laurel hedge. Cut it back however you want, and it will grow back. I have a very large laurel hedge and I lop the top 2 metres off it each spring. By the end of summer it has regrown to its original height.

bird box

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 21:08

Ive often found that a newly placed nest box might get used for roosting straight away, but wont get used for nesting for the first couple of years.

Re potting Box Balls?

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 20:36

Thanks chicky, nice to know I got it right. I seem to recall Monty Don saying that chopping the roots off is good for the plant, but it was a long time ago I wasnt sure.

 Yes, its the two box balls in the grey pots by the white door. I also have a 4th box ball growing in the garden border, you can see it in the photo below. Im planning a garden redesign where I intend to use more of them, along with some box pyramids. Shame they are so expensive if buying them of a reasonable size.

And yes, there is a chimney pot amongst the others, it was inherrited when I moved into the house

 Thanks again.


Re potting Box Balls?

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 16:05

Im hoping ive done this correctly, as Im sure I saw Monty Don do it this way?

I have two nice Box Balls in tall pots framing either side of a side door to my garage. They were getting a bit pot bound, but I wanted to keep them in the same pots. So I lifted them out and choped off the bottom half of the root ball, half filled the pots with new compost & feed, then put the Box Balls back in their pots.

Sound about right??



Posted: 07/04/2013 at 16:00

Im part way through watching one of my favourite DVD's - Alan Titchmarsh's 'How To Be A Gardener' series. I usually watch it each spring for some inspiration.

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 21:55

Your welcome. Be sure to post some photos when youve painted everthing.

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 19:51

happycottontail, you can just screw the trellis to the fence panels. But As RP has said above, if you just want an easy way to grow climbers up your fence then just string some gardening wire horizontally along them in rows, about 1ft apart. I prefer this galvanised colour, but you can also get it in green...



You can buy a bag of 'u' shaped nails that are great for pinning the wire to the fence..


Or better still, buy some of these 'eye bolts' and screw them into the fence posts, I use them on my fence and they hold the wire off the fence so that climbers can grow behind as well as in front of the wires...


 Just make sure you buy the long enough so that once screwed in, the eye is about an inch away from the fence. And drill i small pilot hole into the post first, so that the eye bols screws in easily.

Well done on the paint deal. But if your painting all of your fence panels then are you sure 5L is enough for all your fence? Why not buy more tins as you could always return any unopened tins? You may have to give your fence two coats. A fence sprayer would make the job easy, but you can get carried away and use ore paint than you think. I use one of these...












verbena bonariensis

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 15:50

Its a lovely plant, but the seeds get into the gaps between my paving slaps where it spreads like a weed. But its stil one of those plants that I must have each year.

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