Latest posts by Leggi

too much cottage garden self seeding!

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 10:17
I'd be inclined to do nothing (providing you haven't got any of the serious weeds) and wait until everything's a big enough size to identify. Then just pull up whatever you think is a weed or more importantly whatever you think doesn't look right. Remember a weed is just a flower in the wrong place, you should be pleased your efforts last year look like they're going to give you a good show this year too.

Chilli plants

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 07:34
I'm sorry but I can't do links on my phone but if you google RHS and mealybug I think you'll find the answer and solution. It's a common problem with growing plants indoors.

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 23:53
I have a deep rooted hatred of Lavatera Barnsley, probably comes from my first garden 'job' of digging three of the beasts out of my parent's very small back garden. Hacking them back when they got too big was about the only gardening I ever witnessed as a child.

slug pellets help

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 22:25
Well said Secret Agent Geoff

Soil ph

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 20:34
Many fruit bushes actually prefer a slightly acidic soil. The advice to not try to alter it too much is good advice, just keep adding organic matter whenever you get a chance. Over time you'll find out what and where things grow best for you.

planting potatoes

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 16:26
You'll be fine to plant potatoes after any brassica. Problems tend to occur when you repeat plant with varieties from the same family.

As a rough guide you have three groups, brassicas, potatoes and then everything else. It's a good idea to rotate between the three groups to prevent build up of any disease in the soil.

Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 15:44
Please don't let Latin names put you off, they are the easiest way of ensuring you buy the exact plant you want. It annoys me when they're not used, especially when TV programmes don't give you the full name (Alan Titchmarsh's ITV garden makeover show last year regularly referred to plants with half their name, like Salvia's. It's not useful given there are over 700 different species of Salvia). The common names are often made up by the Garden Centres to make a plant sound more appealing too.

Continuation of slugs

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 15:47
It worked for me last year although it wasn't intentional, I think by the time they found the marigolds they couldn't be bothered to look for anything else.

Continuation of slugs

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 15:36
You could try planting something as a 'sacrifice' near to plants that you don't want damaged. I planted a patch of cheap 50p marigolds next to my Dahlias, the slugs ate the marigolds and largely left the dahlias alone.

Plants between concrete path and wall

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 22:42
How about Houseleeks and other shallow rooted alpines?

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Posting links and pictures from an iphone

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