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Lesley, Cardiff

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Posted: 16/08/2013 at 12:15

Hi Potty Girl - Just upgrading my aluminium greenhouse for a cedar one.  Replacing current part paved/part gravel base with a solid concrete base.  One tip, if you have a solid concrete base, don't be tempted to seal it to keep it nice/look good as it won't be porous for water run-off or damping down.  Enjoy your new greenhouse.

Plant Thieves at NGS Opening

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 10:32

I suppose you have to be pragmatic and say it's only a plant, but it felt like they were stealing from charity.  I also had plants for sale, and they could have bought a plant for £2 rather than dig it up ........ never mind, I'll be more vigilant next year.

Cottage garden lawn ideas?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:56

Agree with comments above, can recommend Pictorial Meadows mix - have grown them for the last 3 years with success.  Also try Wiggly Wigglers for wildflower plug plants - great selection and quality.

Plant Thieves at NGS Opening

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:53

Had a brilliant day yesterday with our Village group opening for the NGS - 160+ visitors and a great fundraising day.  HOWEVER it was spoiled by one very mean spirited visitor who actually dug up and stole plants from two of the gardens open.  Considering there were plant sales at both gardens (average £2-£3 per plant) this was particularly petty - after all it was fundraising for charity.

So if you are opening your garden to the public, keep your eyes peeled.


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:00

Hi Darren

You can propagate by taking basal cuttings of new growth - see this link for useful info


Planting a hedge - help!

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 08:19

Native hedge gets my vote.  Planted over 200 native hedging plants nearly 3 years ago and it is now a 'proper' hedge - included a few beech where I wanted a bit more privacy - this works perfectly.  Worth it just for the wildlife it attracts .....

Apple Tree Canker - Advice/Opinion?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:18

3 years ago I bought 2 apple trees (Bramley and Herefordshire Russet) and have since trained them as espaliers - both now growing their third layers.  Both trees have done well and blossom/fruit set has been good this year.  However the Russet has a large area of canker 'damage' on the main trunk just above the first layer.  It affects about half the circumference.  The growth above looks healthy - I have googled the problem and am relieved to read that this will not necessarily kill the tree.  However should I cut the damage out of the tree, ie above the first layering, or leave it and see how the tree copes with it?  If I do cut out the canker, will the tree re-grow so that I can continue with the espaliering.

Any advice or opinion would be appreciated.  Thank-you.


Posted: 11/05/2013 at 19:12


I hope you are lucky, but if you need to get new crowns, I can recomment Kent Asparagus - my new crowns delivered today and quality is excellent.

Fingers crossed for your crop.

update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 19:08

This really works.  Tried it on one flowerbed, and sure enough the cats left it alone and moved on to another (untreated) bed!  So all the beds have now had the Jeyes/tea bag treatment.

Visiting Malvern Spring Show

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 19:06

Well I have spent most of the day planting all my purchases - inbetween the rain showers!  Malvern was brilliant - lots to see, show gardens amazing especially the French cafe theme one which was my personal favourite, looked like it had been there forever.  School gardens were exceptional, loads of enthusiasm, lots of Monty's and Joe's in the making I am sure.  Plant Pavilion - it was evident that everything is running late, not quite 'the wow factor' of previous years, but very good nonetheless; and the plant sales ... well I blew my budget, bought geums, perennial geraniums, unusual primulas, herbs and quite a few other perennials.  Great value plants, good quality and different choices from the usual garden centre varieties.  I urge you to go along and enjoy yourself!

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Duckweed Eradication - Any experiences?

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Plant Thieves at NGS Opening

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Visiting Malvern Spring Show

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My first Hedgehog inhabitant

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