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Creating a wooden seat in a grassy mound. How?

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 11:09

Hello Simon,  I wouldn't worry too much about rotting if you're using seasoned oak and cedar, they are both pretty tough. What would be sensible though is to give the mound at least 6 months to settle before you start to excavate a recess. How high is your mound and how will you get up to the seat?  Will it be shallow enough just to run/walk up to the seat?  You're unlikely to want to sit there over the winter months when it's more likely to be wet and you could always give the wood several coats of wood protector solution.

A small bag of ready mix fence post cement is probably easier and good enough for the footings for a small long bench.

Gardeners World Magazine

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 10:34

I'm pleased to note that some of you have won prizes, I, too, enter most of the competitions so can live in hope after all!

Bamboo or tree screening? Suitable bamboos?

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:11


I'm just thinking that one tree per 6ft panel is too many, most of the trees you mention will quite quickly grow more than 6ft wide, and probably up to 24ft or more high. I would suggest using your liriodendron and amelanchier and perhaps one other with maybe some taller shrubs not more than  8-10ft high in the gaps between? Maybe evergreens to give you more screening in the winter.

If you have other garden areas, I'm not quite sure I would want to draw attention to the childrens play area - they are often not the most attractive.

Hope this helps - I've got a similar dilemma and I keep dithering too! It's worth taking your time though if you're planting relatively expensive trees.

Gardeners World Magazine

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:12

Has anybody ever won any of these competitions?

How many people enter them each month?

I live in hope 


Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:55

I'm really pleased with my tomato crop this year for the first time. Planted 4 plants, two from seed - Maskotka, which have done really well and been cropping for about a month now, one plug plant "Red Alert", also okay and one I lost the label from.

Maskotka was grown outside in pots (although they're in the porch now the nights are colder) Red Alert was in a small greenhouse and the unknown one in a hanging basket, which I won't bother with again - needed too much watering. Red Alert is now finished but the two Maskotka doing fine so I will definitely grow these again and am actually going to enter some into our local Flower Show on Saturday!

Mystery Caterpillar

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 21:21

I've just seen my first Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar this afternoon. Really startled me as it came out of the soil where I was planting and it was really big! Didn't know what I was looking at to start with. Had 2 big black eyes and a longish kindof snout!

About 2-3 inches long (6 cms). When I googled it, the page says it likes fuchsias so it's probably munching my nice new one right now.

Sorry folks, I didn't think to photo it.

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:35

No Salino, I'm not pruning anything off at the moment but I did read this afternoon when I googled "Margaret Merrill" that it flowers from July to October - so watch this space!

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 14:41

Hi Salino, Thanks for posting back.  Unfortunately I don't have a photo of it in flower although it have lovely creamy flowers with a beautiful perfume the 1st couple of years after planting (about 2010/2011 from memory). It was a "freebie" from one of the magazines advertised as a Margaret Merrill but not having seen one anywhere else, I've had nothing to compare it to.
Interesting!   I wonder if it is a climbing sport? Does anybody know the parentage of Margaret Merrill please?

I know the hedge background is not ideal (nor the box hedge in front!) but I have been very careful to feed, mulch and water the 3 roses very well. The other two, Gertrude Jekyll and Winchester Cathedral are doing well, although the WC is also behaving oddly having part reverted back to its parent, the pink Mary Rose so I have white, pink and striped pink & white flowers all on the one bush

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:57

Has anybody else raised the new Cucamelons?  I picked half a dozen over the weekend and got all my visitors on the count of 3 to taste them - greatly relieved when everybody said they really did taste of cucumber and/or melony  (the other name for them is apparently Mexican bitter gerkins!) The vine is going great guns up to the roof of my small leanto greenhouse, they are about the size of a grape and you can eat them straight off the vine just as they are. Ideal for single people perhaps?

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:49


Hi Salino,  Sorry for the delay, had loads of visitors. My Margaret Merrill rose as promised. Looks perfectly healthy - not even black spot! apart from some nibbled leaves by tiny green caterpillars. Don't think it's got any suckers and looks perfectly normal apart from its height - now 7ft and no flowers or buds. It has got, though, funny lateral shoots in the corners rather like tomatoes get which I haven't noticed before.

I did prune it a bit hard hard early this year, to about 1-2 ft if I remember to try to control its size as it's always been a bit energetic. Any ideas anyone?

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