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Talkback: Making Christmas decorations

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 00:38
I was introduced to wreath making for the first time this year by a member of a community group I belong to in Nottingham. I take the point about using natural materials probably being more rewarding as well as costing nothing and I may well make some further experiments next year
wire coat-hanger makes quite a good base for shaping a wreath although I have seen drawings of how to use willow (or possibly Cornus) thin branches and interweave these with holly and conifer branches.
I am trying to grow standard hollies from cuttings; a slow process but it is interesting to watch them grow and the variegated kinds look attractive at any season. I've also tried my hand at Fuschia rings for the first time this year - possibly they could be used as Christmas decorations too? Watch this space!

Edgworthia shubs

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 22:56

Thanks to all who replied. I checked the shrub recently growing in a large pot in the front garden and it has formed buds and seems to be surviving O.K. I felt that the better drainage in the container would be helpful since the soil here is heavy clay. When I decide where to plant it next year I shall add some sand and grit to the planting hole. By then I hope it will thrive alright in the open ground.

I had heard about Edgworthia being used in paper manufacture but it will be a while before that becomes a viable option without damaging the plant irreparably. Flexible branches might be useful for basket work - I have experimented with this using other materals.      

seed share

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 21:36

Yes  I would be interested.I have a variety of herbaceous flower seeds and some vegetable seeds. Might be able to swap plants such as Lavender in the nottingham area if anyone is interested.

Edging for beds

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 21:29

Have you thoght about Box or Thyme edging? I f kept trimmed you could keep this looking neat and it looks more natural than hard edging, with the added advantage that you can include mre than one type of edging plant thus having a range of different colours (perhaps arranged in a repeating sequence) and you can select exactly the height and profile you want without being restricted by commercial sizes of edging materials.

An alternative if you want something harder would be to edge with blocks or paving which would enable you to have any shape of bed you wished and there is a great choice of materials. 


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 14:47

  Nematodes from organic gardening suppliers ae supposed to be good but you have to have the right conditions for them to thrive. Contact insecticide or covering with netting or fleece to keep the butterflies from laying their eggs in the first pace are other options or spraying with liquid soap or hand picking. A jet ofhose water can also help dislodge them ut it needs persistence whatever you try. 

Talkback: Summer berries

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 23:42
Any suggestions about the best way to deal with raspberry beetle please? I saw a reference to traps on this website but no details. Obviously I want to avoid destroying the beneficial insects - any ideas?

Talkback: Growing strawberries

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 16:33
I have tried growing strawberries in a raised bed his year and planting through slits in weed suppressing woven mulch. It seems to help to discourage snails (of which there are a super-abundance this year on my plot) and obviously it helps water retention and controlling the weeds. Not a lot of fruit so far but I live in hope.

Talkback: Growing foxgloves

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 16:23
Mine are growing quite nicely too Kate. The clay soil seems to suit the pretty well. One thing you do have to watch I have found is that you have to watch they don't take over the whole garden as they seed like mad.I am having go at Verbascums for the first time this year although there will probably be no flowers till next year specially in view of the cold and wet Spring. I have found Alliums are helping to give borders some height although I think quite few of the ones I have been raising in containers have succumbed to the cold and the slugs. At least the weather seems to be improving now so hopefully I should get something useful done in what remains of the Summer.
I am debating whether to give up on a veritable clutter of pots with sees sow last year - some my well have rotted over the Winter but even now I am occasionally seeing some green shoots emerging and having to decide whether what I planted has actually germinated or whether I am unlucky and they are simply self-seeded weeds. All part of the excitement I suppose!


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 19:23

I have over-Wintered three Strelitzia plants (grown from seed last year) in the bathroom and now Spring has arrived there are some brownish blotches on the leaves which I have sprayed with a fungicide. The growing point looks healthy also the stems and the compost is moist but not soggy. I re-potted the plants once they started into growth this Spring.

Does anyone else grow these and have they had similar problems? Any idea what the pest or disease is please? There is no sign of visible insect life that I have noticed.

Edgworthia shubs

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 22:09

I recently bought one of these having admired the plant in a catalogue - the flowers looked really handsome. Apparently it is a Himalayan shrub resists frost well but not if it gets damp, and I am protecting it with genorous layers of hoticultural fleece. Please let me know the area where you garden if you decide to reply. 

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Talkback: Making Christmas decorations

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