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IF you never had GARDENING ........................

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:39

If I didn't have a garden I'd have pots and baskets and window boxes but other major time occupiers (and heart and brain and hands and feet) are OH and daughter, friends, dancing and dance club, sewing and doing up the house which is an ex farmhouse in need of lots of TLC, imagination and funds not to mention a sense of humour and patience.

Bird food

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:30

If you microwave bird seed it stops it germinating.  I have a 750ml pot that I use to dole out bird seed each day and if I microwave it for 90seconds, that seems to stop seed germination without reducing food value for the birds.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 10:43

I don't see the point of fretting in advance.  We get what we get and can't do anything about it except prepare our gardens as well as we can - checking strutcures, pruning back long whippy rose stems, putting cloches or fleece on vulnerable plants and taking cuttings, plaving pots in shelter and so on.

We usually get a week of snow in November.  It doesn't do any harm as it isn't really cold yet.   Winter here lasts from November to March or even April depending on how deep is the cold and how frozen the ground.  Plants do much better when they have a winter blanket of snow than when we just get endless cold which dessicates and freezes twigs and branches and penetrates to the roots.

Worst of all is a warm week in late Feb or early March which gets the plants excited, pushes them in to growth and then wham, winter returns and freezes it all to death.  Lost loads of plants that way.



Pot Tidying

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 16:07

Mine are sorted by size on ex plastic greenhouse shelving at the back of the garage so they're handy when I'm out there potting up and potting on.   Every now and then if the shelves get too crowded I have a sort through and take surplus pots to the recycling centre.

Perrenials taking over garden

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 12:21

Other than digging them out every time you see a new shoot, the only way I know is to put systemic weedkiller such as glyphosate on the plants as this gets taken down to the roots and kills them.  It is best done when the plants are in active growth.  You would need to protect the plants you wish to keep.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 18:39

If it's in a pot it will need regular feeding.  Try giving it liquid tomaos feed once a week next year.  i had one in fertile soil in aborder and it grew to 4' in one season and was covered in flowers.  Not hardy enough for my garden though and did not survive winter so watch out for very cold weather being forecast and put some fleece on yours if needs be.

Twisted Willows in Pots

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 11:02

Willows require huge amounts of moisture so the roots will always break through the bottom of a pot to seek it.     Root trimming is a recognised way of contrlling size so yur willow should be OK but do make sure it gets watered regularly and generously throughout the growing season and every day in summer. 

Hedge choices

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 10:59

Given the relatively low height you are after I wouldn't advise yew, beech, laurel, holly  or escallonia.    Box does well kept at 3 to 4' high and so do some small conifers.  i have both in my garden as short hedges.

There is a specialist hedge plant supllier whose website lists the following for low hedges -

Clematis Polish Spirit

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 08:00

I would put it in a bigger pot and keep it in a sheltered spot or greenhouse over the winter.  Plant it out next spring.

If you find it hard to dig a hole near the lilac then the clematis isn't going to establish and thrive easily either so try planting it at the edge of the lilac's crown where the soil will be better and then lead the clematis up into the branches with some strings or canes or an obelisk.

Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 07:55

I can't over winter sage or thyme or rosemary in my garden so I now plant new ones each year in a large 60cm wide and deep pot which I keep in full sun.   They've done extremely well this year.   For winter I will either have to bring them in the house or try them in the greenhouse , if I have space.  My bay tree gets brought into the house for winter.

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