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Best method for a hedgerow in tarmac.

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 12:47

If you want a hedge, or any plant, to grow well you have to give it good soil.  Digging isolated holes in tarmac and planting into compacted clay is unlikely to work as the roots will find it hard to penetrate and grow and then they'll find it short on air, nutrients and water.

You could dig the same holes and plant fence posts in concrete or you could clear a trench the length of the boundary at least 2' wide and then dig over the soil to a depthe of about a foot and work in plenty of well rotted manure and/or garden or bought in compost.  If the clay is very solid, you'll have to dig deeper to loosen it up and add some fine pea grit so the roots don't end up sitting in a sump and drowning

The best time to plant a hedge is autumn when you can plant cheap, bare root whips.    They'll grow roots over the winter and will then need little maintenance apart form an anuual top dressing and a regular trim when they get big enough.    Hornbeam does well in heavy soils.   

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 10:14

I'm enjoying Beechgrove too and am quite happy that they're not doing much outside, other than show ways to protect plants and get the soil warmed up as most of their Scottish audience and a lot of the rest of the country is clearly in the same boat.

As for Monty, I keep telling my own garden group that th best way yo get ideas and inspiration and see what's possible is to visit other gardens.   I think he needs to get out more too as his sole influence seems to be Sissinghurst.  I'm glad he's finally trying alpines but didn't think much of his choices for his pots.  Bit dull given the variety available in both form and colour.

I find myself fast forwarding through a lot of the A to Z - anything on exotic orchids, jungle gardens, Joe Swift or Toby.   Love the native orchids though and wonder if they couldn't distribute some seed for trying in gardens as so much natural habitat is being lost.

Garden Patio Ideas

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 09:50

As I said, they came form the barn and cowsheds.  We got a man to lay them.  Far too heavy for us.

Garden Patio Ideas

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 20:28

OK.  Mine is 6m x 6m and made from old blue stone slabs and granite paver cobbles taken form th eold cowsheds and barn when we bought thi sold farmhouse.  It has a retaining wall along most of one side and part of another and built to knee/sitting heaight from wine bottles laid horizontally and topped with the slabs form old marble fireplaces.  

A metal arch leads onto the grass and the beds in the main garden.  The arch is clotehd in clematis viticellas Etoile Viiolette and Little Nell in summer.   behind theretaining wall there is a large bed filled with roses, hellebores, geraniums, Japanese maples, echinops, aconitum, thalictrum, peonies, phlow and so on.

A brick chipping path leads along the back of the house, veg plot and work area and there's a trellis fence dividing theterrace form the veg garden and planted up with a Generous Gardener rose, honeysuckle and Cicciolina and Niobe clematis.    On the other side there is a damp bed planted with astilbes, astilboides, hakonechloa, hostas, daffs, fritillaries, snowdrops, dicentras, primulas, ferns, hostas, chelone, hemerocallis and Japanese anemones.

On the terrace itself there is a large teak table which stays out all year.  The parasol and metal and teak chairs go under cover for winter.    In summer there are pots of hostas and lillies.   

morning glory seedlings

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 20:14

Try pinching out the tops so they get a bit bushy?   Works for sweet peas.  Whatever you do, don't put them out until the last frosts in May.   You could start hardening them off by moving them outside by day but always bring them in at night.  They really don't like to get cold.

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 19:55

It's OK.  I didn't feel got at.   I was surprised we had no bats roosting or birds nesting in the barn but it does at least mean we're not disturbing any wildlife with the renovations and when it's all done there'll be nesting boxes and ledges to try and attract birds and bats.

Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 15:03

Ivy can last for years in a pot as long as you remember to supply food and water.  It's evergreen so make sure you choose one you like.  I think the creamy variegations are easier on the eye and makea better background for other plants.    You would only need one per torugh but then need to give them time to grow.    Ivy eventually covers walls and trees if left to grow so should manage a trellis panel easily enough in time.

For sweet peas, I plant mine 6" apart in good, fertile soil.  You oculd do the same in your troughs but remember all the food and water is cooming from you so you must do it regularly.

I can't hang my hanging baskets anymore.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 14:10

You can paint fence posts too and the plants in the basket will be the main focus of attention.  You could top it with a finial to make it more decorative.

Gardening Mentor?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 13:38

Try joining the local group anyway.  They may have a newsletter which lists monthly jobs and you may meet someone who's happy to come and help and advise.

GW magazine always has a section on jobs to be doing that months and the RHS sends out a monthly newsletter by email as well as the monthly magazine.   This wensite has a what to do now section and yu can ask on here for help with specific plants.

I can't hang my hanging baskets anymore.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 13:30

I can't help witth a supplier but you could also consider erecting a 4x4 fance post, bedded in concrete to keep it steady and then attach brackets to that to hang baskets and maybe bird feeders too.

Lucky you getting external insulation.  We're about to have it done and it's going to cost a small fortune but will be worth it for added value and almost no heating bills in the future.

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