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Posted: 29/08/2013 at 12:02

Grew differently this year - no grow bags, but planted toms in largish bottomless pots and in turn put these pots into even larger pots.  Superb crop and so easy to water.  Also put a banana skin in the top of each pot and just watered over it until it rotted down, seems to help keep up the potassium levels.  Fed on a regular basis with my own feed from nettles and comfrey (very smelly!!) but ran out of that a few weeks ago, now just using bought brand.  Lovely to read all your comments, can glean so much helpful information.  Thanks and good cropping.

Garden privacy - alternative to trees

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 09:49

Totally agree with Dovefromabove.  How about leaving the leylandi trunks but taking off all growth and use the trunks to grow up climbers, perhaps attaching rope from each trunk to make a continuous run and then you can underplant.  I would love a walled garden - lucky you!!


Which seedlings can I put out now ?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 12:14

I totally agree with all above.  It is never worth rushing.  I am really late planting seeds this year, but they usually catch up.  Nothing more distressing than spending time on growing plants, only to put them out too soon to find a pile of black plants in the morning after an unexpected frost.  Keep bringing them out during the day and tucking them back into a sheltered place during the night until all chance of frost (or strong cold winds) have passed (if they ever do!!!)  If you find they are outgrowing their pots it is often worth potting them on if the weather doesn't look any better for a while.  Good luck!

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:18

Ideas on creating specialist gardens from scratch would be great i.e. Secret garden, woodland garden etc.  I love gardening and plants but find the planning side difficult.  How do you plant up with lots of trees and shrubs and not hide a good view and take too much shade; simple things like that.  Perhaps just a bit more in depth information on how to underplant and time lapse pictures from start to finish and then possibly upkeep to retain the effect you want.  There are so many options.  I love water features, but no one shows you how to do the finishing touches in detail, i.e. hiding the edges of pond liner and planting up around the edges to give a natural effect.  I could go on and on.  Please, please be more inspired for us gardeners who do not have the artistic ability to sit and sketch what they want on paper.  Wonderful web site - I glean so much information.  Thanks you.


Talkback: How to grow garlic

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 09:55

Peteballan - How about using this unpleasant concoction to spray plants against aphid - good organic way!.  As for making garlic oil - just make a small amount and use within 3/4 weeks and then discard and re-make.  I usually decide to discard when the cloves start to discolour, however making a small amount usually means it is all used up before getting to that stage.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 11:53

Keep up the good work TD.  I am waiting for the electricity board to come next monday (Nov 05!!) to dig up my newly planted garden to put the electric cables underground - NOT BEST PLEASED!!  I hope they are sympathetic to my hard work or there WILL be fireworks!!!


Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 09:24

Thank you, always useful to have recommendations.  Yes I agree, I love climbers, in my last garden I had over 40 clematis - just adore them, and, of course, good old fashioned honeysuckly - MUST have lots of scents in the garden I think, especially a small garden  which mine, sadly is.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 11:30

Lavendar Lady - forgot to ask, where did you order your pergola from?

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 11:28

Thank you Lavendar Lady for helping to inspire me.  I moved into my home in Ross on Wye at the end of January this year.  All the back garden was covered in weed suppressant and then covered in bark.  As you can imagine taking off this and lifting the suppressant was a big job.  All the soil was compacted, very claggy and full of bind weed roots.  I have done about half and planted up two borders, made a small wild life pond, put in a greenhouse and managed to grow some veg!!  We are now waiting for an extension and when that is done will concentrate and designing the rest.  I will post some before and after pictures at a later date.  My type of gardening is mainly cottage style.  We have lovely views but the garden is lower than the house and mainly south east facing, so although I want trees I do not want to spoil the view or take too much shade from the garden.  I have been seriously considering a pergola, and seeing yours had made my decision to go ahead and do it. 

Once again it is a pleasure to see what you have achieved.  Just wish you lived closer as I do not know any keen gardeners in this area.

Talkback: How to insulate a greenhouse

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
I attached a length of battening (resting on the window bars at each end of the greenhouse) against either long side of the greenhouse and tie in. Push wrap down behind your bench to floor, up over the bar and over top of bench and you create an individual insulated area within your greenhouse, or adapt to suit. Easy and cheap to construct, lift up the front on a warm day. I keep the battons in place all year as I use them to attach strings to grow tomatoes.
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