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Latest posts by obelixx

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:54

It's OK with modern inks and paper is very good for balancing the nitrogen and carbon content of your compost heap. 

Which Lutyens bench to buy??

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 12:29

Have a look at this - which says it needs nominal assembly - job for your husband?

Or this - which costs a bit more but comes fully assembled.

Or this - which comes in 5 pièces to bolt togther.



Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:12

Well, we did dig over our former cow pasture to remove major weeds and then we covered it with black plastic for a year but such is its fertility and its proximity to neighbouring pasture that thistes, nettles, couch grass and creeping buttercup just laughed at us and came back.

They now get nuked or forked out depending on location and surrounding plants but I can guarantee that just a few weeks later there will be nettles and couch grass and creeping buttercup coming back and fresh crops of groundsel and bittercress and dandelions.

It's a constant battle as they grow faster than so called ground cover, weed suppressing perennials.   Makes for a lot of compost though and that goes on the veggie beds and new beds.   We never dig the raised beds.  At best the, ones along the boundary get forked over to remove couch grass before I plant up in spring.


Snowdrops have started

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:05

Your snowdrops are looking lovely Berghill.  I've had a clump in flower in a sunny front bed since mid December  but no sign yet of the ones out the back and still in shade but when they do eventually come and then go over, I shall split them into my woodland area and maybe in 10 years time I'll have a display like yours. 

Inspirational.   Thanks.


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 15:34

I would pot them on now if you can in deep pots so you can plant them a couple of inches deper than they are in tehse pots.  This encourages them to form extra shoots so more flowers later.

When you do plant them out, put them in 2 to 4 inches deeper again for the same reasons.  Make sure they have  a good rich compost with a good food supply and decent drainage - John Innes no 3 rather than multi purpose.  Keep them fed and watered but not drowning and they'll do you proud once they've got their roots established.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 22:50

The moon's phases come round again every month so you can follow what suits your latitude, exposure and températures.  I find this on line site easy to use -


Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:18

There are plenty of dams already in the UK and also plenty of water but not necessarily close to th egreatest centres of population in the south east.

More thought needs to go into water supply and treatment and sewage and waste disposal when giving planning permission for new housing or industry.  All houses should be metered and have water butts or cisterns to collect rain water for gardens and toilets.  Water companies should be forced to make repairs to reduce water losses through leaks - up to 40% in some areas!

Flood plains should not be built on - it's asking for trouble - and areas like the Somerset levels should have their drainage channels and waterways regularly dredged to reduce flooding near homes and businesses.

None of this is rocket science.  Just common sense and good management.

Loads of bulbs not in the ground

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:10

With the smaller bulbs, it helps to soak them for an hour or so in cool water so they can rehydrate.    Plant them as soon as you can and even if they don't flower, they'll make foliage which will feed the bulb up for a display next year.

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:14

I much prefer the softer forms and colours of calendula than French marigolds and tagetes which, for me, have harsh, hard colours.   I receive a small tray of tagetes from a friend every year and plant them in the veggie plot to help ward off nasties.   They definitely don't fit in the rest of my garden.

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 14:21

Your hosta White Feather will eventually spread to 30 inches/90 cms wide but not in its first season.  It needs to be grown in shade or very dappled sunlight to avoid burning those pale leaves.

Slugs will probably love it so you'll need to protect it - wildlife friendly slug pellets scattered thinly but regularly, a mulch of coffee grounds or sharp grit, a copper ring round the plant............

Different hostas have different heights and spread and very different leaf shapes, textures and colours.  With care, you can plant a beautiful tapestry of them.  Most like moist soils rather than sharply drained so you may want to add some well rotted leaf mold or compost to your soil before planting.

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