Latest posts by Luubear

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Ask Alan

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:19
I'm about to get my first greenhouse and I would like to ask where he thinks the ideal spot for it is?

What is this?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 15:57

Although, most of the pictures I see of comfrey, they don't have spots

What is this?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 15:36

I looked up comfrey and wow, yeah, that makes ALOT of sense. People use it as natural fertiliser. There's so much about it online! Seeing as its in my veg patch from the people previously, I guess that's what they were using it for! Well I'm still going to dig it up, because from the sounds of it unless I dig a long long way down, it will keep coming back! So I'm going to dig up what I can and plant it in an area down the end of the garden so it can go wild and I can't experiment with the leaves

What is this?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:42

This keeps coming up in my veg patch. I have never left it long enough to see if it flowers but it spreads like wildfire! It's pretty prickly too, so I have to use gloves when getting it out!




Border in complete shade

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:37

Lyn, I think I already have hebes, they bloom tiny little flowers and look like swans heads, if that makes any sense? I have looked up pulmonaria.. They look a lot like a plant that I can't seem to get rid of in one of my veg patches, though I'm not sure it's that. I've been meaning to find out what it is, I will attach a photo. I've never left it long enough to flower or anything, but I can't get rid of it and it keeps coming up when I'm trying to grow veg haha. I will post a new thread about it and see if anyone else knows.



Fidgetbones, I haven't had much luck with foxgloves. I had them in the border on the opposite side in partial shade under an apple tree. Do they come back up? It's disappeared So I'm hoping it will come back and stronger?


Fairy girl, all your suggestions look amazing. I actually already have Japanese anemones, I didn't know what it was called until now! Which is good because my nan kept asking me all last year what they were.


Rosie, that's interesting about the Hydrangeas in shade.. I have three cuttings that have rooting that I took from my I uncles last year. They are tiny though and I'm worried they would just get eaten but its a thought!

Border in complete shade

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:55


I'm starting on a border that runs the length of my garden. It is always in the shade due to it being along a fence and the way in which our garden is facing. Last year I shoved various bits and bobs in there that were leftovers because I didn't really want to attempt it. This year however I want to give it a good go. 


I am primarily looking for things that will be quite tall, to draw away from the fence.

Are there any budget full shade plants I can look out for? I'm getting a greenhouse so propagating is an option.

Are there any full shade plants that give quite a bit of spread or are fast growers?

I would also be interested in any plants that are evergreen, so that come after summer  it doesn't just turn back to nothingness with the odd weed 


Any advice would be greatly received!

thanks x

greenhouse advice

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:39

I'd just like to add: I'm 27 and me and my partner moved into our first house a year and a half ago. He isn't much of a gardener, he only really gets involved if its a big job I can't do on my own. My parents are avid gardeners but they live on the south coast and we now live in the midlands. My point in saying all of this is that I was NEVER into gardening before we moved, as my parents keep reminding me. But since moving to a house with a fairly big garden, with two apple trees, a damson and not to mention two raised beds which I can only presume the previous owners used to compost soil for, because anything we have grown in them have done amazingly well... I have really come to rely on this website. It's actually amazingly good. And the forums have been a great source of bedtime reading so I just wanted to say thanks, to anyone and everyone on this site. It really has been amazing for me, a newbie! I never thought I would be into gardening but I have come to realise its somewhat therapeutic and definitely rewarding! So yeah... Thank you oh great forum of gardening and all its brilliant participants

greenhouse advice

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:22

Thanks for all your feedback! It seems that it may be a lot of hassle as our garden gets a fair bit of wind and all the locations I can put it aren't entirely sheltered.

so after reading all your replies I have seen a secondhand 6x4 polycarb steel frame greenhouse for sale and going to pick it up Saturday. The zip ups ones seemed to all be around £30-£40 and this secondhand polycarb I'm picking up is costing me £40... It seemed a reasonable enough gamble, plus it's a lot heavier. The place where I'm planning to put it is to slot over a raised bed, do you think this will work? Sorry for changing the subject! 


Here's a picture of my proposed sight:


Placing it over here will mean the raised bed frame is on the inside so the soil won't touch the greenhouse. I will put a slab down in the middle where I've trodden it down. Also, the front two length of wood will come off so I'm not stepping over them to get in!


pussy willow cuttings

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:48

oh oops! Will they still root even though I've done that?

pussy willow cuttings

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:23

Awh that's a brilliant story! What's Nuts method?

I have scraped some of the bark of the bottoms and left them to soak. I think I will put some rooting powder on them later and pot them. Do you think I should put them outside in my zip up mini greenhouse or indoors on a windowsil or something?

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Is this what these shoots are? 
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