Latest posts by Obelixx

Feedback from BBC about GW being cancelled

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:39

Fluff - Has anyone ever actually counted the time lost to the intro, the "what's coming up", the long, lingering, soft focus shots of Monty and/or dogs walking around with his barrow or a pot or a plant but not actually gardening or explaining gardening and plants?

If the programme does go to one hour, or even 40 minutes, I don't want the fluff to increase in proportion.

And can we please have the botanical and variety names as subtitles?  They seem to be lacking of late.

Pros and cons of using railway sleepers to create a retaining wall

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:12

We have used old sleepers complete with occasional metal straps to make retaining walls varying form knee to waist height to level our veg plot at the back and a fruit plot at the side behind the parking area.   We got chaps in with bulldozers to move the soil and muscles and machinery to move and cut the sleepers.   They lined the soil side with sheets of black plastic to stop moisture from the soil rotting them too soon. 

No problems with smells or stains in the 15 or so years they've been there.  We have lichen and moss growing on them so they're definitely not toxic, despite their soaking in whatever..

The more interesting - but only knee height - retaining wall is made form wine bottles......


Engineering bricks or solid bricks for patio project

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:03

As I understand it, engineering bricks are baked at higher temps so resist wet and extremes of temperature much better than ordinary bricks.   Engineering bricks are often advised for path edges etc.

Feedback from BBC about GW being cancelled

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:01

Oh for heaven's sake.  We've had one hour specials before on GW and the regular veiwers have been delighted and said so so why a "trial"?   Why can't they just make every show and hour long from the start of the season?

Choysia tenata

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:07

If a general feed doesn't help, get some Epsom salts, dilute 1 tbs in 1 gallon (15ml in 5 litres) of water and pour over the leaves using the rose on your watering can.   This will provide them with magnesium.  Its deficiency can lead to chlorosis - yellowing leaves.


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:02

I once picked up a tip about aspirin on some website so this is nothing new.  Here's the quote - 

"You can revive a sickly plant with the help of a soluble asprin - this really does work - it needs to be dissolved in a pint of water and will do wonders . Asprin is salicylic acid - exactly the same as the growth hormone in plants and derived from willow bark".

It may not cure the problem directly but it makes the plant healthier and better able to resist disease.   As Steve says, you do need first to remove all affected leaves and any that have fallen to the ground in order to stop the spores spreading.

Protecting Buxus from too much sun

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 09:54

There is an excellent gardening mantra - Right Plant Right Place.

Box in pots in a hot sunny site are not RPRP.   Move them to a shadier place and grow something else in your sunny spot.

Alnwick poison garden

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 09:49

Both are beautiful counties with lovely coastlines and long beaches.  Try and make a detour along the coast by Seahouses and Bamburgh castle.   Lots of fabulous countryside inland too.

Help with ideas

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 09:27

Basic design B is best but smaller circles of lawn to get greater planting depth.  Maybe a pergola and/or trellis and an arch across the garden where the circles meet.  This entices people to go and see what is beyond and gives the opportunity for climbing roses/clematis/honeysuckles etc.

Don't do stepping stones.  If you have a path, make it a proper one and make it inviting or you'll just end up taking the direct route across the lawn.

Don't put big trees so close to the house, especially birch which is short lived and shallow rooted and may fall the wrong way in high winds.  Put the plum nearer the pea gravel area to make fruit picking easy and maybe some soft fruit such as tayberry, blackberry etc on the garage area trellis.

Narrow hedge plant?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 09:12

There is an apple and pear farm near here that has narrow, 9" deep hedges of single rows of beech around the orchards next to the road.   They trim them once a year as far as I can tell.   Very neat, quite dense, good windbreak I'd have thought.  No thorns or fruits so child friendly.

You'd need to prepare the soil well and then, for economy, plant single bare root whips at 9 to 12 inches apart in autumn and cut them back to 9 to 12 inches high.   You then let them grow up to the height you need but keep the front and back trimmed to make the hedge narrow and dense.  

An alternative would be a fence or trellis panels which would be very low maintenance and can be stained to protect the wood for longer life and in a colour that makes it a feature or discreetly blends into the background.   You could then put troughs or pots of plants in front of it, planted according to the season.

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