Latest posts by NewBoy2

Perenial Bee Attracting Plants

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 14:24


I want to plant a permanent 12 inch wide border down the side of my 14 yard long plot on the allotment

I would like to have the best chance of giving the bees / butterflies / other insects a good food supply for as MANY MONTHS as possible

I have some lavender cuttings that will be ready soon and I intend to plant 5 at regular intervals. 

? What can go in between

I realise this is a very difficult challenge but sitting against my shed with bees buzzing past me this Summer was very enjoyable so I wish to have more of them in 2017

Cutting Back Strawbs - Monty

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 18:44


Im very good at taking results and then .........where did I put them ??  

Cutting Back Strawbs - Monty

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 10:55

I have picked the flowers off the plants about 8 days ago and some new ones have appeared

I will pick 80% of these off and just for an experiment let the other 20% truck on

Thanks friends

Smellie Shrubs & Plants Please

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 11:20

Purchased the following

Tactile Plants

Stachys Byzantina...........Lambs Tongue

Scented Plants

Choisya Ternata........Mexican Orange Blossom

Rosmarinus Officinalis....Spice Island


Tashkent Mint

Climbing & Scented Plants

Trachelospermum      Jasminoides

Visual Plants

Miscanthus Sinensis Zebrinus

Zebra Grass


Bee Plants


I am not saying "How well I did " but hopefully you may be interested in how the Patients Garden is progressing 

Hope to settle them in asap

Cutting Back Strawbs - Monty

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 11:12

A few weeks ago MD suggested we should clear away the straw and take shears to the strawberry plants which I did

Within a week they had started to produce new shoots and now have flowers which MAY result in berries

? Should I leave them to bloom OR shear them again

I beleive that the theory is that we need the plants energy to stay in it to give it a good start for next season but that is some 7 months away

Thoughts please friends and also the reason why please as I am keen to learn

" Give a man a fish etc "

Smellie Shrubs & Plants Please

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:31

Thanks all

I have copied all your suggestions onto a new invention.......a piece of paper.....and Im heading for the local GC this week to start the research of whats available

This is hopefully a medium term project to benefit the patients

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:26


Words of wisdom

This is a story in itself why I dont have a lawn mower

I had a shed with a rat under it

I moved the shed and the rat moved as well

I gave the shed to my Community garden for storage

The rat disappeared

Now I have no where to store a mower apart from my conservatory which is really part of the house

Its a bit like there was an old lady etc etc

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 17:21

Boring Bosch strimmer battery died so I pay a local gardener £10.00 a month to come and cut the grass and take it away.

Last edited: 20 September 2016 17:21:47

Smellie Shrubs & Plants Please

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:59

Thank you 

For the longer term which roses could you as back ground plants ?

Visually striking and very scented

Smellie Shrubs & Plants Please

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:48

I have just taken over a small garden at the local mental health patients ward and the staff nurse wants a "sensory area " to assist in the day patients progress so I would like your help please to suggest what to plant

I have so far saved / grown on

Lavender twig

Ordinary mint

Tashkent mint



Its only a small area but there is a larger garden nearby for me to tame once I have experimented on this one

Help please friends

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Cutting Back Strawbs - Monty

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