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Posted: 03/03/2013 at 13:31

Yes.  You can do it now before the new growth starts so you don't damage the tips of th enew shoots.  If growth is already visible, cut off the old growth just a bit higher.  Secateurs will do for smaller plants but our zebrinus is now well established and very chunky, we use hedge trimmers. 

Seeds are up

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 10:52

I gave in to temptation and sowed two kinds of tomatoes, some sweet pea and nemesia seeds on Wednesday and on Thursday I sowed some kashmiri chilli seeds I got from dried chillies.  Don't know if those will work but nothing ventured, nothing gained.   I also potted up 3 new dahlia tubers.   All are sat on a warm, sunny window sill - when we get sun that is. 

Today I have baby tumbler tomatoes so am very excited.

Everything else will have to wait till it's warm enough - and OH is willing - to empty the greenhouse of all the plants hiding in there for the winter.

fast growing shrubs

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:14

As Welshonion says, a fast growing shrub will be a thug that brings its own problems and with the rapid height will also come rapid width requiring lots of maintenance to keep looking good and within bounds.

The trellis panels suggested above would provide instant height and be decorative in themselves without width.   You can then add climbers for colour and even perfume.   There's a wide range of clematis and roses suitable for many aspects and you would have to choose them depending on whether they are to be south, west, east or north facing, exposed to winds and cold and so on.




Reference Index for GW magazine

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 13:51

In the mean time you could cut out all the index pages, note on them which month and year they are for and file them for easy perusal to take you to the article you want.

Ants in compost

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:33

You need to keep compost bins moist for the rotting process to begin and continue.

Just watering it will make the ants move.   If you add a small bottle of essential oil of cloves to a 10 litre can of water and water that on after the first wetting, the ants will not come back.  They can't stand the smell.


Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 14:11

If you're buying new, like me, and want to increase your stock rather than pay for lots of tubers, taking cuttings is an excellent option.   

Acer Trees

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 13:55

It's nearly always better to buy small, plant well and watch them grow, whatever the shrub or tree.   If you're new to gardening this is especially so since you have to get the planting hole and after care right to avoid checking, or even killing, a more mature plant.

Find yourself a good garden centre or nursery somewhere nearby where you can look at and compare several specimens and ask about the kind of care and conditions they need.   Acers generally don't like full sun, need shelter from winds and extreme cold and like a neutral to acid soil with good drainage but plenty of moisture.

garden themed cruises

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 11:10

All sorts of companies offer garden touring holidays and now the RHS is launching a new initiative with garden tour holidays.

If I did ever go on one, I'd want someone a bit brighter and livelier than Monty as a guide.  He can be a bit  "sackcloth and ashes" about the grander estates and more extravagant gardens.

neighbours extention!

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 10:26

Another solution would, as mentione above, be to paint the fence either black, dark green or cream so it becomes a feature that attracts the eye and shows off the plants better.

You could construct a pergola outside your patio windows and train a grapevine along it.  South facing is an ideal spot.   This would give you something else to block the view upwards to your neighbour's extension, somewhere to sit and enjoy a bit of shade at th eheight of summer and something to eat too.  



neighbours extention!

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 15:35

You could erect 2 or 3 metre high posts at 2 or 3 metre intervals and in concrete for stability then string tensioned wires between them then train a climber over them.  A strong rambling rose such as Kiftsgate which will get to 10 metres so can be trained along the wires.  It will give masses of frothy, white scented blooms in June and then produce hips in autumn.  You could extend the season of interest by growing a summer flowering clematis from the viticella group or maybe a honeysuckle for more scent.    Paul's Himalayan Musk is another rambler to consider as it will grow to about 9 metres.

Such a project would shield the view from your patio doors without cutting all the light and would need little maintenance except for regular tying in of stems and pruuning of dead wood in spring.  

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