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Planting to reduce soil water content / reduce holard?

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:05

Round here the ground is natrually boggy and wet so the farmers plant bog tsandard willows in pastures and along the boundaries of borderline arable fields.  However willows are notorious for having roots which penetrate everything so are not a solution near to any building. Poplars also get planted for their water absorption powers but they tend to be short lived and even more unlovely than a plain willow.

As stated above, the only solution of your situation is remedial building works to tank out the basement.  You could also look into injections to prevent water rising higher up into theground floor walls and check that all drains are functioning properly and not leaking.

We will be having injections done ourselves in the next month or so to arrest rising damp in a brick barn we plan to renovate.  There is already a Roman drain and pump system in place along its north and east walls and that should do the trick so we can make it habitable.


Box Blight

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 16:06

Box blight is caused by one of two fungal infections for which no treatment is available to gardeners.    When you buy new plants, you should keep them in quarantine, away from other box plants, for about 3 months so you can check for infection before plantig it.   Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier who will guarantee and refund or replace any affected plants.

Alternatives are things like lonicera nitida which has green and gold forms.  Dwarf conifers can also be grown as a low hedge if you keep them regularly trimmed so they thicken up well.   You could also consider step over apple trees which will be decorative as well as producing fruit but won't give such a solid effect.




attaching a trellis

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:57

Battens are excellent as they allow room for air to circulate around the plant and thus reduce diseases such as mildew and climbing plants can more easily twine around, or be attached by twine, to the trellis.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:36

I've just remembered that my clematis Red Ballon was covered in insects when a couple of wildlife chaps came to advise me about nests for swifts and house martins and there were 4 different bees on a single sedum sepcatabile plant.   Being wildlife purists they were surprised as they'd always thought you had to grow native plants such as weeds and wild clematis (old man's beard) to attract insects.

Best and worst

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 17:51

Best is planting new stuff out. 

Worst is weeding out couch grass, creeping buttercup, nettles and bindweed - again and again and again.  There's always some that comes back no matter how careful I am as our garden was pasture for centuries before we started it about 15 years ago so there are seeds and deep roots in abundance.

Hardest is finding time to sit and enjoy it without spotting something that needs attention.............;

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 17:46

My cavolo nero and purple sprouting all froze to a mush weeks ago.   No edible veggies left in the garden but I still have one or two pumpkins left in the garage and some frozen chillies and blackcurrants along with jars of rhubarb chutney and spiced blackcurrant jelly.

I made James Martin's Butternut squash and Lime soup yesterday and will be using a chilli or two in a fish curry this evening.   Might treat OH to a blackcurrant crumble.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 16:05

Sorry, meant more pollen, not more nectar.  Typing slip.

Heated Bench

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 16:01

I have a heated propagator which isn't yet in service this spring as we have moved our greenhouse from the back of the housewhere it had a ready water and electricity supply to the front of teh side garden where it will get full sun and, in theory, give better crops of tomatoes.    i'll use the propagator later on for cuttings and seeds needing bottom heat.

Meanwhile I have tomato and chilli seeds germinating with the help of radiators indoors and other seeds sown in trays which are dispersed on various sunny windo sills.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 15:16

Clematis don't produce nectar so any insects visiting are there for the pollen.   i'd go for one with small, open flowers rather than the big flowered hybrids as you'll get more flowers per plant and thus more nectar.   Other than that, select a colour and habit you like and which suits the situation - aspect, amoiunt of sun etc. 

Summer flowering evergreen Clematis

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:50

You'll be more likely to find it in here - using the search facility.   You can enter "evergreen" in the text box and then work your way through the list to see if you can find yours.  Most have pictures of the flowers and some show the foliage.   Flowering time is given and pruning group in most cases.  

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