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Latest posts by Mrs G

Moving clematis

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 08:42

Crumbs I haven't got the stamina for that at the minute (6 months pregnant) so I'll just leave it until I'm in better shape!  Thanks obelixx.

Flower bed in front of bay window - choiysa ternata

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 21:09

I'm not sure the acid green of the choisya will look nice against the red rose personally, it might be a bit jarring. What aspect is the bed, sunny or shady?

Moving clematis

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 19:49

Is it ok to move clematis cirrhosa var. 'wisley cream' now?  It's in the wrong place but it is in flower now.  I have it growing up a metal pole so it will be quite easy to take down without damaging it.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:18

I think you do need to put signs up for anti-climb paint/spikes of any sort because otherwise people can sue you if they get injured, at least that way you are legally covered.  If my son ever does anything like this to anyone I will make his life a misery and send him round to tidy up too!    Is it possible the parents/grandparents don't know?  I know some won't care but a lot would.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:09

Scumbags!  Sloe has inch long spikes, can be pruned as a hedge and comes bare root at this time of year.  'That'll learn em' as my Grandad would say.  

Tilted garden taken over by weeds

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 21:37

There is no quick and easy cheat way to do it if you want to use that land within the next 2 years.  You will need to turn the soil with a fork and pull out all the thick roots you see putting them in a bucket and getting rid of them.  My Mum had a new build about 15 year ago and I remember doing this job on heavy clay with my Mum and Grandad.after you've done that you can cover it with heavy black polythene sheeting to keep the annual weeds out or from germinating until you are ready to plant.  

Trees in Pots

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:29

I would say take care with how heavy the pot and its contents are for a balcony. Usually you would use a soil based substrate for a tree which would be in the pot for a long time (like John Innes), but I wouldn't in this case due to the weight, I'd use multipurpose.  I would probably go for one of the stone effect pot which will be lighter than terracotta but won't protect the roots as well in Winter.  You might want to wrap the pot itself in bubble wrap over Winter as some protection for the roots.  Of course if you are certain that the balcony could take the weight of a big stone pot full of soil rather than compost go for it.

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:24

My little one is 2 and already 'helps' with all the gardening jobs, planting, collecting leaves, composting, feeding chickens and collecting eggs, oh and mowing with his bubble mower.  I've enslaved him young! 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 16:27

It is bad enough finding time to do all the housework and garden jobs when you are not a single parent with a 2 year old and another on the way, never mind doing absolutely everything yourself! 

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:48

Yes it is definitely worth it, especially if your area doesn't have green waste collection. If you can get hole of 3 or 4 old pallets you can make some for free just by hammering them together with long nails.  My Mum just had some building work done so I managed to scavenge some and was really pleased with the results. You could go online and get some plastic daleks for reduced price through your local council. These also work fine.  You want to aim at putting 50:50 brown: green waste in in thin layers then you won't have to bother turning it.  Put your grass clipping in (green waste) in layers of about and inch so you don't get a sludgy mess.  I also put shredded paper in mine (brown waste).  Plus peelings, egg shells, kitchen scraps and cut up garden clippings.  When it breaks down you can use it on your new veg beds.

Discussions started by Mrs G

Moving clematis

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Feed birds

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mulch query

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Breeding Frogs

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Removing privet hedge

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Must have natives?

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