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Grass and slabs...

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 09:49

Take up the slabs, fill holes with soil or compost.  Sow grass seed.

Voila!  No more edging.  Unless of course you still need to be able to walk across the lawn when it's frozen in winter.


Prunus Laurel

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:45

Have you been watering it at all?  It's a bit young and new to have established enough roots to cope with the very dry spring so may be struggling to get enough food and water to maintain old leaves whilst growing new ones.  


Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:21

I also plant mine deep so they don't rock.   The best way I've found to encourage hearting up is to plant closer than the recommended distances.  I put mine in at a Wolf trowel's length apart which means I get smaller cabbages but there are only 3 of us so that's fine.   It works well too for my broccoli and PSB and kale and cavolo nero and, this year, for my kohlrabi which is so much juicier and tastier than shop bought specimens.

Where do you buy your early-flowering bulbs from?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:18

I used to buy online form big Dutch suppliers but now find everything I need in my local supermarket and garden centre as their ranges have improved - lots of alliums and nectarospordums and leucojomum and crocuses and species tulips and short daffs because hybrid tulips never survive winter here and tall daffs get their stems snapped in strong winds.

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:15

Gardeners World magazine and this website are independent of the BBC and have to fund themselves.   It can't be that hard to turn the page and ignore the ads.  The alternative is a more expensive magazine.

Any advice on climbers please 😊

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:11

Climbing plants that flower over long periods need a great deal of nourishment and watering and I personally feel it's a bit much to ask of a rose or clematis to thirve, year after year, in the same pot of compost unless you can guarantee that you can feed and water adequately.

I suggest you have a play with annual climbers.  There's a colourful range to grow from seed or from plugs and small plants available from garden centre.   Most are not hardy so need to be grown on till all fear of frosts is over.  Have a look at the info here - 

If you really do want permanent plants, have a look at repeat flowering ramblers such as Malvern Hills (pale yellow) or Snow Goose (white) which have good perfume, Narrow Water (pale pink), Phyllis Bide (pink) and Rambling Rosie (pinky red), Red New Dawn, Super Dorothy (deep pink) and Super Elfin and Super Excelsa - both red.

Ramblers can be trained over arches more easily that climbers and all of the above will flower through the summer if kept well fed and watered.   They will need the best compost you can buy such as John Innes no 3 mixed with a bit of multi purpose for water retention and an annual spring feed of slow release rose fertiliser plus weekly liquid feeds of tomato food or comfrey tea form April to late June.   Feeding later than this produces soft growth which doesn't have time to harden off before winter frosts.  Keep on removing the spent flowers to stop them spending energy on hips and encourage more flowers.




Jardins Ouvert/Open Garden

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:05

How did it go then?   Lots of visitors and cake sales?


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:02

I have this in the garden and like to let of flower as I and the bees enjoy them but it will self seed and spread by roots too so cut once the flowers are over but before they have set seed.

I bung loads on the compost heap but also us leaves make a tea for tomatoes.   A trial between comfrey tea and commercial tomato food on Beechgrove last year showed comfrey tea is best.

Rats and Mice in my garden!

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 14:52

My garden is in the country, surrounded by arable and pastoral fields so assorted mice, voles and rats are a constant feature.   We grow a variety of fruit and veg and have never had any health problems.   They all need careful rinsing anyway as we don't use chemicals so there are always insects and caterpillars to wash off, especially on salads and brassicas.

Perhaps you could get the council round to deal with the rat infestation and they will then identify the problems in your neighbour's garden and require them to clean it up as rats can be a danger to public health.

Which rose is this please?

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 20:06

Good luck.  I like it too.  It's on my "to buy" list.

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