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Climber for Trellis - Evergreen and Child Friendly

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 23:33
Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like the Jasmine seems a popular choice perhaps a couple of different varieties might be nice as there are 4 panels to cover.

Lazy gardener I totally agree with your comments about educating the children that not everything is edible, fortunately neither of my kids have ever eaten anything they shouldn't. It's always been the case that they show me what they have picked before they eat it and they only pick what a grown up tells them to ie strawberry and raspberries etc. However as the trellis is between us and a rented property I don't want to put other peoples children at risk as they might not be as vigilant.

Climber for Trellis - Evergreen and Child Friendly

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 10:47
Thanks for the suggestions. It's more things with berries that I want to avoid. Mainly because I grow fruit such as raspberries and strawberry and I don't want the youngest who is 2 getting confused. The star jasmine looks like a nice bet.

Climber for Trellis - Evergreen and Child Friendly

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 13:24

We have a trellis between us and next door, it sits over a gap in the slabs which currently has weed control and gravel in it.  The trellis is approx 5ft tall.  When we first moved in 4 years ago it was covered with an old clematis which had seen better days and something with berries on it.  

As we have 2 small children we decided that the berries were too tempting and cut it all back.  The problem is now we are left with bare trellis and a great view of the neighbours back door!

It hasnt been a problem until now, but hte current neighnbours are moving and I would prefer a bit more privacy as they are renting the house out.

Ideally I would like something evergreen and fairly low maintenance as the property next door will be rented and I don't want to cause problems with the neighbours by planting something which needs regular maintenance.

Thought about Ivy but was unsure of the variety.

Prefer something not too costly and it must be child friendly so no poisonous plants/berries/pods.

Suggestions welcomed

Strawberry Plants and Fruit bushes - weed control

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 14:15
Thanks, we have gravel at the top of the garden for the kids swing etc and the cats seem to avoid it, however I was wondering about some of those stacking tubs - shaped a bit like a clover? But I was worried the plants might dry out. Sounds daft considering how much rain we have had.

Strawberry Plants and Fruit bushes - weed control

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 16:02

I have a few raised beds ( old pallet collars) which I have planted some fruit bushes in -  Gooseberries, Currants and some rhubarb.  I also have some raspberry and blackberry canes too, running along the fence.

The problem that I have is that the slugs and birds seem to get most of the strawberries and the every cat in the neighbourhood seems to see my raised beds as the local toilets, which means that the kids cant go and pick the fruit as I am worried they will stand in cat mess.

I was wondering if I could put some weed control fabric down and spread some gravel over the top, this would hopefully stop the weeds and might deter the cats and the slugs etc. I don't want to use Slug pellets or chemicals but I really need a solution which will be safe and effective.

I did try bark chippings last year but the strawberries didnt seem to like them and l lost a few plants and did not get many strawberries. I wonder if I put gravel round them would they rot?


Any advise would be grateful.  Was also thinking of a fruit cage or a net which would stop the cats and birds.  But I guess the slugs would just find a way in through the bottom. 


Thanks for reading 


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 17:54

I too would be interested to hear if anyone has any good ways to deter the cats from using the veggie beds as a toilet!  I have 2 cats which insist on digging in my raised beds - I am currenly growing fruit bushes in them so the fruit doesnt touch the floor.  But this year I was thinking of growing salad veg too - I was concerned about the health aspect as I know cat poo can carry all kind of nasty parasites and with 2 small children I cant take the risk.  Can I use gravel around the fruit bushes to deter them?

All year round Wall basket - drought resistant!

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 17:49

Anyone else have any other suggestions - something that will provide colour/interest all year round??

All year round Wall basket - drought resistant!

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 08:14

Hi Kate

Thanks for your reply.  I hadnt really considered Lavender or Rosemary, I like the idea of the scented baskets by the front door. Is there any variety of Lavender that you would recommend?  



All year round Wall basket - drought resistant!

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 20:01


Sorry if this is in the wrong place or if it has already been asked.

I am quite new to gardening and don't have a lot of spare cash or time, however I do have lots of enthusiasm and I don't mind a bit of hard work!

I currently have 3 wall planters - metal "manger" style with coco matting liners in them, on the front of my house.  Every year I put spring plants in them and every year they do ok for a  couple of weeks then I forget to water them and they practically die off.  I would love to have an all year round display of plants in them but have not got the time to spend watering them every night so I need them to be pretty but also resilient to a bit of abuse/neglect. As the planters are on the front wall of the house they are quite sheltered but don't get a lot of rain.

I would ideally like to plant something now and be able to leave it to do its thing throughout the year with just a littel bit of maintenance.  I would also like the planters to look good in the winter/autumn too.

Ok am I asking the impossible or is there some way to plant them up so that there is something on display all year round - I know I could do spring bulbs but then what?

they are not huge planters - approx 10 inches across.

Thanks for reading

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Climber for Trellis - Evergreen and Child Friendly

Looking for something to add some privacy to trellis  
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Strawberry Plants and Fruit bushes - weed control

Can I put weed control membrane and gravel around my strawberry plants etc?? 
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All year round Wall basket - drought resistant!

Can anyone sugest any plants for an all year round wall planter? 
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