Little h

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Design advice

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 11:27

Im not sure on the drainage channel Fairygirl. I do think taking a number of bricks out would do the trick tho. I'm one of those unfortunate gardeners who ended up taking on a house with a paved front! Not an ounce of grass in sight, so id love nothing more to find some way of having soil and plants out there. This rockery seemed the best and least expensive way forward. Ive drawn up a few plans on the shape id like and some space to add a few pots, but another possible set back is that i live on a hill so it does in fact slope towards my neighbours garden. I dont think run off will be an issue tho if i remove a few bricks, plus there is a gravel ditch between me and my neighbours garden.

Design advice

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:05


I'm new to this so any advice would be of benefit...

I want to make some kind of a rockery in the front area of my garden however, it is a 3 meter by 4 meter area of paving in the form of bricks. Can i make a rockery on top of brickwork? Should i remove a few bricks for extra help with drainage first? I'm not sure where to start...

Talkback: Brown-tail moth

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 09:55
I have also found one of these on my Cytisus 'Lena' Plant. I live in the south west. I didnt see any more but i will certainly be checking the area from top to bottom just to make sure! I find it odd that it chose this plant as it is not particularly leafy. Right next to this i have a massive green and leafy Holly Hock which i would have thought would have been more appealing???

Polemonium Problem

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:06

Berghill - i think you might be right. Thank you for the advice on how to make my own Fungicide - very good to know. The plant is completely covered and withering so i believe it is beyond saving for now. I may have to do as Nutcutlet suggests and cut it back. I can only hope it hasn't spread and that the plant will come back next year.

Soil improvement

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:57

I improved my soil - which is quite hard and clay like -  using a lot of bags of Top Soil, Mulch and Compost. It really has made a massive difference as to what will survive in my soil and what will not. And i have even had some plants growing twice the size it says on the tin. Its a lot of humping around heavy bags and digging in but its worth it...It took me about a week of trips to the garden center and digging it all in bit by bit but you could always try ordering in bulk bags if you have a large area to cover. I had an area of roughly 3 meters by 5 meters and i used about 20 bags - needless to say i had a sore back afterwards!

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:47

I have 2 cats and have found them to be the best way to repel other neighbouring animals. However, even my own cats get a bit naughty sometimes and try to dig holes in the flower beds in my back garden! So, i use either cat repellent powder - which only really half works - and a water pistol! If i see them even attempting to dig a hole i squirt them Job done.

Polemonium Problem

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:39

Can anyone help me with a small problem i seem to have with my Polemonium 'Jacobs Ladder' Heaven Scent... I planted it back at the beginning of spring and it flowered beautifully until about 2 weeks ago (mid June) It has not only started to wither and die back but is covered in a chalky white substance. Is this normal? I figured it may just be the natural way that it dies back after flowering but im concerned as i cant seem to find any information on this. Every inch of the plant is covered in this chalk and if its not something that should be happening then of course i don't want it spreading to my other plants. Any advice???

Many Thanks 

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