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Any ideas of what to do with this garden?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:22

If you follow Jess's very good advice first but then still find you have a drainage problem, the easiest solution may be to turn that particular area into a bog garden and put in plants that like soggy conditions. What kind of plants depends on what style of garden you are aiming for, i.e. jungly, children or dog friendly, low maintenance or cottage garden style.

You also need to find out if it gets sunshine or shadow or if it's exposed to wind, so I'd spend some time just looking at it, taking photos maybe and formulating some ideas.


Coffee granules

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:13

Coffee granules are supposed to keep slugs away so I'd put them as a mulch around vulnerable plants.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 17:31

Just been into Poundland for the first time, looking for cheap bird seed for the squirrels - if that's not a contradiction!  I thought I'd put up a feeder just for the squirrel in the hope he'll leave the others alone but fat chance so far.

What I meant to say is that Poundland had bags of different bird seed and fat balls etc for £1 each and I've been paying £2.99 per bag. Not sure if it's good enough quality though but worth trying I thought.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 17:41

Thanks David K, I'll try to get hold of some of those seeds.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 20:10

I read last year that you can get a true blue sweet pea - lathyrus satifolia var.azureum or something like that - does anybody know where I can get some seeds of that please?

I think it would look great in my blue & white border on an obelisk.

Many thanks

My alstromeira keep growing

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 21:34

Do they do well in pots?  I understood they can be invasive so have hesitated to plant them in the ground so far.

Talkback: Brambles

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 21:32

We've got brambles growing through a mature 6ft high box hedge and getting worse, I keep trying to cut them out at the base and along the top of the hedge, but I guess that's all I can do.

I'm not sure about the rotovating - I always understood that each little bit left in the soil will root and make more brambles.


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 21:27

I would also sprinkle some Rootgrow which is beneficial fungi especially good for roses.  You need to coat all the roots with the powder.

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 21:23

I keep two paper journals/diaries on a daily basis.  I was given a RHS 5 Year Diary 5 years ago and found it invaluable to record weather, tasks to do and flowers in bloom so have just bought myself another one.

I also keep just an A4 notebook where I record in more detail what I've done in the garden each day (if I did!) what I've planted and where I put it, design details and task/reminder jobs to do.

As an aside, somebody on the Forum mentioned labelling  the other day, I've just had the new Suttons Catalogue today and their Clearance sale booklet has the very good Brother Garden Label machine for only £12.99 - and I paid nearly £40 for mine a few years ago!  I have found this the most longlasting labelling system, pretty nearly weatherproof, although the replacement tapes are expensive at just under £14 each inc. P & P.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:16

Thanks David K. I think ventilation is perhaps more important so I'll carry on as usual. I only found out this year that sweet peas should be grown hard and cold so it will be interesting to find out if they're better later in the year.

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