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Latest posts by obelixx

Hanging baskets

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 20:01

Liquid tomato food as it encourages flowering.

privacy cover shrubs

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:51

Go to the RHS website and click on plants.  It lets uou enter them by name or genus and find out about suitable varieties.

Help needed!

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:50

Having both dogs and , now, just one cat, I can understand frustrations for both sets of owners.

Maybe we should have a new section for "Animals in the garden" so that the next new cat or dog bovver poster can see it's all been throroughly discussed before and they can learn about water scarecrows and watering dog pee patches before posting yet another thread.

Raising the level of a lawn

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 16:48

I don't think the remaining depth is sufficient for hard core as this would make the resulting soil depth too shallow for a good lawn and it would suffer in dry spells and get full of weeds again.  I wouldn't bother lifting the old turf as it will rot down under the new soil.

Digging out the pond to greater depth (min 60cms of water) will certainly help reduce the amount of soil to be barrowed through - as long as it's not all rubble and sub soil which would need to be barrowed out!

You can't realistically expect to sow seed or lay turf till later in September anyway so you have time to barrow soil through at your ease - as long as you have a space to store it out front - or you could just ask friends to help out and give them a jolly good BBQ dinner at the end or maybe ask if the Scouts would do it for a contribution to their funds.

The only other alternative I can see is to leave the lawn at the level it is.  You'll need to apply some good autumn Weed and Feed product and probably aerate it by pricking it with a garden fork inserted to several inches and wiggled back and forth to open it up.  Then you scatter lawn sand and brush it into the holes.  Repeat in spring with the appropriate weed and feed and scarify it too.


Hanging baskets

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 14:03

I agree.  Dead head and feed and maybe take them down and give them a good soak in a bucket and then water morning and evening plus a weekly feed till mid September.   Composts have only enough food for a max of 100 days so yours are probably hungry now.

It's also a bit too warm still for winter hanging baskets but you could try using small spring bulbs - dwarf daffs such as Minnow - small evergreen ornamental grasses such as carex or blue fescue would give movement and the hardier heucheras would give you contrasting foliage colour and form.


Any Apple Experts?

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 13:24

I got a new lap top in January and, after looking at Apple because I wanted something sturdier and more reliable than my DELL, bought an HP Pavilion with loads of memory for about €750.   I was told the Apple would make it difficult to migrate all my WORD, EXCEL and Publisher documents which I need to run the dance club.  Some of them date from Windows 7 and Vista days.

It has Windows 8 which I find frustrating but am getting used to.  I will migrate to 10 as soon as I hear some good reviews.   The HP is sturdy and has very good speakers which are important for when I'm putting playlists together.    I use external hard disks to store pictures, music and backups.

privacy cover shrubs

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 12:52

Can you tell us the aspect and also what soil you have as they both make a lot of difference as well as how cold your garden gets in winter?

I would suggest pyracantha which is evergreen, has spring blossom and autumn shrubs and is fairly fast growing.  It is great for wildlife and can be trained against walls and fences.

Euonymous fortuneii would give you creamy variegation which would brighten things up in winter but, in my experience, they don't like to go below -10C.  There are also yellow/gold variations.

Eleagnus would also give you variegated forms in creams or yellows with silvery underleaves.

Photinia davidii woul dgive you evergreen leaves and spring flwoers and autumn berries.  Some of the leaves turn red and drop in autumn.  Photinia robinia has red spring foliage which is renewed with new growth after it's been trimmed if you grow it as a hedge rather than a shrub.

Berberis julianae has golden yellow flowers and red berries.

None of the above will grow like the clappers but they will achieve the height you want and provide interest.  None is particularly fussy about soil type.

If you have acid soil you can look at assorted rhododendrons.

However, if you intend to clip it as a hedge I'd stick with the pyracantha, berberis or photinia robinia.


Has any poster had practical experience of 'hugelkulture'?

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:45

Have heard of it but not tried it in my own garden.  It's been featured on GW in the past but not for a while.  

Supposed to be ecologically very sound and good for biodiversity. 

Blackcurrent pruning

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:40

Same here.   Make harvesting easy by pruning out fruited stems right to the base then go and sit in comfort on the terrace to pick the fruit.

It makes for automatic pruning of the old wood and constant renewal of fruiting vigour. This year we've had more fruit than my freezer and jam pots can handle so I've also pruned the longer remaining stems by half but I don't usually touch the remaining unfruited stems.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 16:20

Too hot and dry.  We had a bit of rain on Tuesday morning so I spent 5 hours weeding a long, curving border and yesterday I cut the grass but nothing yet today.

Will pick a cabbage later and water the toms.

Need a good downpour but preferably without gales and hail tornadoes.

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