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Latest posts by obelixx

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 12:17

Intruder alert lights.  A video camera to catch them at it.  Secure the access to your patio with locked gates.   Attach them to the ground as in the post above.

clematis and fost

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:24

I am leaving mine after doing the same thing in that nice warm week we had at the start of March.  I have fed them and talked to them but will wait to see where new growth starts again before pruning back to a healthy bud.

Bee spotting

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 15:56

The wind has eased here and I've seen one tortoiseshell butterfly and been buzzed by on ebee that I didn't see.    Lots of snowdrops and hellebores still out here plus crocuses and dwarf daffs so plenty of nectar for them.  The other usual suspects for April are keeing their heads well down so their flowers will be late.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:12

They are all professional gardeners who are use dto teh outdoors and have the clotehs and tools to cope.  I noticed that neither the garden owner nor the presenter in Problem Corner was rugged up to the neck so they're clearly made of sterner stuff up in Scotland.   Most of the UK has had that weather too and far layter than is usual so all teh advice about keeping off the soil and warming up beds and protecting plants is relevant UK wide except maybe in Cornwall.

The Beechgrove garden was set up decades ago as a permanent home for Scottish gardening TV and employs staff as well as having the presenting team come in and do features for the programme.      If Greenacres had been set up with as much forethought and integrity it might well have survived as a permanent home for GW but it was doomed from the start by bad planning, bad implementation and IMHO, bad presenting and filming and editing.


Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 10:58

I watched it again this morning and was just as pleased with it.     So much more lively than GW and with relevance to gardeners with more limited space and means as well as those with acres and/or deep pockets. 


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:39

The Japanese ones are the tender ones too!  Far too much money for a fussy plant, and tiny too.


Posted: 06/04/2013 at 08:37

If your local garden centre doesn't have them, use the RHS Plant Finder on tehir website to locate nurseries that do.  There may be on elocal to you or one that will do mail order.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 11:49

I loved it.   Lots of content and varied enough to have something for everyone. 

Excellent advice on keeping off the soil when frozen and also for winter veggies.   Mine will definitely get a polytunnel of some sort next winter.   Loved Chris Beardshaw's trick to rejuvenate a tree.  How clever was that?  He's great.

Liked the treatment of that dark, shady north facing area.  Easy to do but not everyone knowsthat so lots of ideas for people with difficult areas.   Might just worry about the pots freezing in winter though.

I can do without the begonias and stuff promised for next weenk as they're not to my taste but the info will be clear and helpful and do-able by most.   It's a good production and presentation team and they pack a lot in without making you feel pressured or that they're going so fast it's superficial.

Look to your laurels, GW team! - the programme, not the magazine.


Posted: 04/04/2013 at 17:45

I use mesh grid, bought as a kit to make a compost heap but it was far too holey and airy so I now use each sheet to cover a section of raised bed when I've newly hoed and sowed.   Works a treat and lets the plantlets come up with no worries and is easy to ligt off when they're big enough to cope.

Keeps the dogs off too and they have much bigger feet and grander digging ambitons in the case of the terrier.



Help Please!

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 09:40

It's a bit like cleaning aneglected room.  Do the duting and vaccing and a bit of tidying and it looks so much better.

So, tidy away any rubbish and pull or dig up obvious weeds.   Cut the grass once air temps get to above 8C and it starts to grow.  Treat it to a weed and feed which is a product you can buy at DIY and garden centres.  Read the instructions for when and how to apply it.   Keep the grass cut at least once a week, going to every 4 to 5 days in the peak growing season to keep it neat but don't ever cut it shorter than one inch as it needs the leaves to feed the roots.

While you're shopping, buy a bag of pelleted chicken or cow manure to spread around the base of all your shrubs and work in a generous handful or two with a small hand fork so it gets mixed in to the top layer of soil and feeds the roots.

Sharpen your secateurs and prune any obvious dead or broken stems from your shrubs and then tidy up the general shape if needed.  It's best to wait till after flowering to do any major pruning.

If you decide to dig over any empty or new beds, do it as soon as you can and then add plnety of well rotted manure or soil improver which you can also buy in if needs be.  Then keep an eye on what's on offer at your nearest garden centre and plant some new perennials for colour with annuals to fill the gaps till they mature to full size.

Have fun.  Sit back and admire.

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