Latest posts by obelixx

I want a greenhouse but not a shed fest!

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 11:16

Having sited ours initially in a convenient spot for me, electricity, water access form the garage and then discovered it was always too cool on the north side of our house, we then moved it to a sunny spot facing full south and protected from prevailing winds by an inherited conifer hedge.

It is now much more productive and, at 8 x 6, far too small for my ambitions now that it works.

I would advise you to go bigger if poss and then site it where it gets full sun, especially in winter, and if that means hiding it behind a shrub or trellis panel or two, so be it.

Alternatively - do you really need all that shed and garage space?   Could some be replaced by a greenhouse and thus till leave your existing garden intact?


Climbing Honey suckle

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 12:51

They wind round supports and can get quite heavy so the best bet is strong vine eyes fixed in rows at intervals of about 12"/30cms with wires stretched and tensioned horizontally between them.   Train in the honeysuckles as they grow until they're big enough to wind around themselves later on.

Dividing Geranium Phaeum Now?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:16

I take it you mean pelargoniums which are not hardy.   Yes, you can take cuttings now and keep them frost free over winter.  Use a free draining compost so they don't rot.

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 15:41

Pleased it helped.   Have fun with the drawings and execution of your plan.  Let us know how you get on.

Dividing Geranium Phaeum Now?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 15:26

I find this plant very easy and forgiving and have just this week divided and replanted a clump I needed to move as part of a rescue end renovation plan for one of my beds.   If you get it done quickly while the soil is still warm it should be fine.

Raised Garden Bed

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 15:24

Definitely the compost and some bonemeal - promotes root growth and plant health - if you intend planting this autumn but save the fish and blood for next spring when you need to be feeding for foliage and flowers too.

However, if it's for a wild garden or wildflowers, no feed at all as they generally prefer unfertilised soils but some well rotted garden compost will help condition the soil and add beneficial microbes which will help your plants and biodiversity.

Plant ID please

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:10

Clever Nut!   It's lovely but not for me as it needs neutral to acid soil and mine is definitely alkaline.  Pity, as it certainly seems hardy enough for my garden.

The RHS has this - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=878 

Gardening in the shade

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 13:07

I googled Garden+shade+books and got this list - https://www.google.be/webhp?source=search_app&gfe_rd=cr&ei=qiRIVNOuCITmPNzzgOAF&gws_rd=ssl#q=Gardening%2Bshade%2Bbooks 

The RHS website has advice on planting in shade and you can also use it to search for plants that do well in shade or require it to do well.

Japanese anemone - insect hosts

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 11:53

Just bee out to check and there are several different buzzy things visiting the patch in the sun but none in the shady and windier patch by the house.  I daresay they'll get there if the winds calm down.

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 11:50

I can't really help you design your garden but here are photos of mine form 10 years ago when we'd not been at it for long.   You can see the developing garden and the surrounding countryside to put it in context.  Hope it helps formulate ideas for you - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/05%20Obelixx%20garden?sort=2&page=3

Here it is now, filled out and with windbreak fabric on the north and north west border to counteract increasingly stormy and destructive winds - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/150701%20garden?sort=9&page=1 

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