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Latest posts by obelixx

Obelisk prices

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 16:47

Don't buy tubular.   They break/snap/rust/die of metal fatigue very quickly, especially if your garden is windy as the clematis will add extra wind resistance.

I have several styles/shapes/sizes of solid metal obelisk for my clems and have paid anything form 20 to 80 euros plus a fancy arty one I ordered from a chap at Chelsea flower show in 2007 which as just over £100 on special offer.    They are all very strong and look good on their own in winter when I've taken off most of the dead clematis growth to reduce wind resistance.

Raised bed wood preservation

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 08:18

A good wipe with teak oil will help feed and waterproof the wood too.  Leave it to soak in for a day then build and fill.

Bare roots perennials - can I put them straight in the border?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 09:33

I think the soil is still too cold to make a cosy home for bare roots.  Soak them to rehydrate then plant in pots and keep in a sheltered, sunny spot till growth starts.    Plant out in May when they should be sturdy enough to cope in the borders and make sure they are well watered in any dry spells.

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 09:30

Yes.  Just make sure you make it with rain water and not tap water which may contain calcium and chemicals from the treatment plant.

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 11:59

Nettles absorb lots of nutrients from the soil which you can then use to make a liquid fertiliser for general use or as a tonic for special plants according to how much you have available.

It takes 2 to 3 weeks to make the nettle "soup" before it's ready to dilute and use and it gets smelly so tuck the bucket away in a quiet corner of teh garden and keep a lid on it.    The process and uses are well described here - 

Willow Trees

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 15:31

We have a boggy paddock across the road and one boundary is stream lined with the usual marsh and willows that are pollarded every couple of years.  Not attractive but they do a job - except when they have no leaves as they are dormant and the paddocks get flooded after the slightest bit of rain.

You need to think about a different solution to your problem and I would suggest maybe excavating a deep, unlined pond to take the excess water.    We have done this in our garden which was once cow pasture and is bordered by another boggy pasture.  It works a treat for us and allows us to grow a host of marginal plants around it that actually like the wet conditions.   You just need to make sure it doesn't get invaded by terra forming plants like bulrushes and flag irises.  It would be worth paying a gardener to come in and clean any of those out once a year.

Something's been eating my bulbs

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 15:24

Rats, mice, squirrels are the most likely culprits.

Willow Trees

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 12:23

I wouldn't buy any tree already that tall.  Smaller ones are cheaper and easier to plant and get established far more quickly so catch up within a couple of seasons.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 23:21

I went out to carry on pruning clems but the northerly wind was so bitter I retreated back indoors and did dance club admin.   Sowed lots of leafy stuff yesterday and hope to sow toms and chillies indoors tomorrow but will save pruning the rest of the clems and roses till that wind dies or changes direction to something a bit more friendly.


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 23:05

I don't pinch mine out either but group 2s and 3s get a good prune after winter, any time between now and the end of March for me depending on how long winter lasts.   I cut them down to the ground or to a low pair of buds depending on which they are as some are more vigorous than others.  

Then, as Bookertoo says, they need a very good feed as they are hungry, thirsty plants.   I give mine slow release clematis food after pruning and a liquid feed of rose or tomato food as an instant tonic.   A light scattering of wildlife friendly slug pellets helps too as the blighters love the new shoots.

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