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north facing veg patch

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 15:35

My entire veg plot is to the north of my house but most of it gets sun in summer when the sun is higgh over the house and it gets sun before 9am and after 3pm between the équinoxes in March and September as there are no neighbouring buildings or trees.

I grow a wide range of stuff including pumpkins in the sunniest bed and have rhubarb and strawberries in beds that get no direct sun from September to March..  

Redcurrants don't need full sun and you can also grow crops like kale, salad leaves and Chinese greens. 

Clematis for Windy Area

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 15:25

Good luck.  I have all the above in my garden but many more which have shelter from other plants or trellis panels so they're not quite so wind blown - Sunset, Princess Diana, Betty Corning, Little Nell, Omoshiro, Westerplatte, mme Julia Correvon, Niobe, Blue Angel, Rahvarinne all cope with sunshine and don't fade. 

dafodil leaves

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:52

Try putting some bamboo canes or other spiky things in between your daffs to prevent whatever it is from rolling around and trampling.

Clematis for Windy Area

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:50

My garden is very exposed to winds from all directions.    I find Ciccolina, Etoile Violette, Red Balon and Red Robin do best in the most exposed bits and their flowers don't fade in strong sun.   You should also be fine with alba luxurians and caerulea luxurians.  If you have a lot of wall to cover, try Huldine.

Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:26

I like seasonal asparagus too but to get the green stuff, it has to be Spanish as the Belgians like the fat blanched white stuff and I don't.  I don't buy it from further away than Spain.  I did try growing my own but it struggled with winteres here and was toatally wiped out in Jan and Feb 2009.

I watched the allotment challenge with my non gardening daughter last night.  It was very dull this week and I was sorry to see the couple leaving as they at least tried unusual veg.   Their creamy eggplant was so much more attractive than those fat purple aubergines.   I can't see real gardeners and allotmenteers being indoors enough to enjoy a topiary stle flower arrangement of sunflowers so what's the point of that challenge?   A simple jug of sweet peas or almost anything else is so much more attractive.

Shady veg patch

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:16

Kale, salads and Chinese greens should be fine too.

Anyone know what could be causing this?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:15

I think you should explain your problem directly to the team at David Austin.  I have found them very helpful in the past in advising me on roses hardy enough for my garden.

 

 

What to do after daffs?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:13

Matt's right.  Bulb foliage should never be tied up but left to do its job of replenishing the bulb's energy to make next year's flowers.  

You could plant permanent ground cover to disguise the dying daff foliage.   Hardy geraniums - various flower colours, leaf forms and sizes available, geums, alchemilla mollis are all easy to grow and maintain but you'll need to cut the flowers off the alchemilla to stop it self seeding all over the place.

dafodil leaves

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 23:23

Too congested?  In which case lift, divide and replant.    If new, planted too late?  If older, maybe leaves not left on long enough to feed the plant after last year's flowering?

Beechgrove

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 22:26

The Beechgrove garden is like Geoff H's was when he was at the helm of GW - lots of different plots designed in different ways but mostly about the size of an average urban plot so he could feature different plants and designs in both context and scale to which ordinary gardeners can relate.  

I like all the experimenting with plants an dplanting conditions and tecniques and composts, open ground, raised beds, plytunnles and greenhouses.  They have relevance for  a wide range of gardeners, gardens and micro climates.

They pack in a great deal of info on a wide range of topics yet never seem hirried or superficial and the addition of Chris beardshaw to the team is inspired whetehr he's at Beechrove or helping new build gardeners.

 

 

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