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When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:46

Getting back from the ridiculous to the sublime - if you worked out how many hostas you need to grow/buy/divide to fill a 6 metre square bed rather than 6 square metres you could end up with just a few too many homeless plants.    Not good.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 00:06

I don't see why we have to turn off our critical faculties in order to be entertained?  Surely the point of this kind of programme is to inform and inspire as well as entertain and so info and commentary both need to be accurate.  

Our terrace is 6 metres square - or 36 square metres.  Makes a huge difference to the budget when I'm planning something like repointing the joints between the cobbles or how many people I can accommodate at a BBQ.   Other than the terrace, there are no metres square in my garden as it's a wonky triangle so I have to work out square metres of surface area for seed, feed, mulching and so on.


Why are all my plants doing badly?

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 09:14

I agree.   Finish preparing your beds - digging, clearing weed roots, composting, improving drainage etc - and only then buy the plants you want to introduce.   Soak each pot in a bucket of water till no more air bubbles appear then allow excess water to drip off and then, if you can see the roots going round and round the pot, tease them out a bit with your fingers, plant to the same depth it was in the pot (except clematis which need to be deeper) and water in.

Plants for growing outside that have to wait to be planted need to be kept in a sheltered corner outside rather than indoors where it's too warm/dry/draughty.   

Leftover bulbs need planting now.  Put them in pots if needs be and plant out when your beds are ready.   As it's late, they may not flower this year but at least they will grow leaves which will feed the bulb to provide next year's flowers.

Preparation and patience are essential gardener's traits.

Fast growing hedge

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 01:56

Anything that grows fast will be a thug and hard to control.    Large leaved laurel makes a very dull hedge IMHO, grows like mad when cut or pruned and you can't use hedge trimmers as the torn leaves look awful.

 Have you thought about pyracantha which at least has the virtues of blossom and berries for wildlife and will, once matured, provide shelter for birds who may even nest in it?   Easy to train and thicken up as a hedge.   Has thorns for added security.


When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 21:51

I agree with KT too.   The Beeb, along with other broadcasters and newspapers that should know better, is losing editorial grip on content of both news and programmes and is full of bad grammar, poor vocabulary and, in this case, a poor grasp of spacial dimensions which is unhelpful, at best, in a programme about spaces.

Verdun - people die every day and whether it's expected or accidental it's sad but it's irrelevant to this thread which is about standards and accuracy, not life and death.

interior advice

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 19:38

I agree.  They come up with some frightening schemes.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 16:28

Game is expensive here too so I buy it at the end of December when they start to reduce the price in the shops to get rid and I stick some in the freezer for later on.

Saw the moon and Jupiter last night on our way home from Soul class in Gilly.   Stunning but flipping cold and frosty.  Been cold all day and we've had everything except gales - bright sun, black clouds, rain, hail, sleet and snow in turn.  Blue skies again now but not for long as it's nearly sunset.

I'm sticking with patchwork and sewing projects for the next week or so apart from taking more twisted willow cuttings tomorrow and seeing if I can get some weeping willow cuttings from our neighbour's tree.

Nice day

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 16:21

Freezing again today after days and days of rain which have left the garden too sodden to work in or on.   We've had some sunshine but also black clouds with rain hail and snow in turn today.

Sunny again now but down to 0C and getting dark soon.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 14:51

In Belgium they've changed the hunting season which now ends on December 31st.   However, local gamekeepers reserve the right to shoot any dogs running around off their leads if they think they'll upset their pheasants and roe deer.  We have several hunting grounds here so have to be careful.

Once the local sweetcorn gets above tail height on Rasta terrier we can lose her completely as she quarters back and forth looking for pheasants to chase - after the babies have hatched and grown and before the hunting season starts again.    Bonzo Dog Labrador doesn't need anything to chase.  He just likes to run.

No wild boar here yet but they have learned to swim the Meuse and are heading north out of the Ardennes where, it seems, the local hunters are not keeping down the numbers.   Something to do with quotas and licenses.......

Blazing Leylandi Hedges

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 10:18

Sounds like a carelessly dropped cigarette or match to me.   As Dove says you'll need to clear the remains, getting out as much stump as possible, and improve the soil a lot with plenty of well rotted garden or bought in compost and some well rotted manure if you can get it.  

If you want to stay evergreen I would plant yew which does regrow form the wood if ever you need to prune it hard.    Holly will look good and also provide food and shelter for birds and insects but is very slow growing.   Escallonia is another possibility - grows faster than holly, has attractive, small leaves which lend themsleves to being clipped and flowers and berries for wildlife.

A mixed hedge with some hawthorn in it would extend the wildlife habitat but be bare in winter.   Hawthorn does grow very quickly and pruning the tops will help it thicken out quickly.  It's also cheap and can be planted close in single or two staggered rows depending on how much space you have at the base.


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