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Raised Borders with Sleepers

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 23:35

We had sloping land behind our house levelled and retained with railway sleepers to make a potager with raised beds.   The chap with the bulldozer and the sleeper muscles lined the insidesd of the wall, which is waist height in places, with black plastic sheeting to keep damp soil away from them and extend their lives.

16 years later, still there and doing their job as we intended.




Rambling and climbing......

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 21:15

Jo, there are now special feeds just for roses, clematis, tomatoes, leafy plants and so on.   The differences are in the ratios of levels of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.  

N - nitrogen - promotes strong stem and foliage growth

P - phosphorous - roots

K - potassium - plant health, disease resistance, flowers and fruits

 All should contain varying levels of other trace elements such as copper, iron and magnesium and so on.   Try and get to know these and you'll know what to feed your roses.   Failing that, check the RHS advice on feeding roses.

Tree Identification help please

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:23

Same thing then.  That's the trouble with common names isn't it?  Lots of names for one plant and sometimes more than one plant with the same name.

Rambling and climbing......

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:21

Most, but not all ramblers flower just the once on last year's growth so prune out old wood after flowering to keep it neat and in bounds but don't take it all away if you want the hips.  Phyllis Bide and Malvern Hills are repeat flowering ramblers.

Climbers often repeat flower but the older varieties usually don't.   The best thing is to have a look at this advice from the RHS for climbing roses -

and this for rambling roses - 

However, yours seem very short so maybe give them a good mulch this autumn and a good feed next spring and encourage more growth before you think about pruning them to suit their supports.

Nectarine versus Peach

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:06

A pleasure.  Good luck - and welcome to the forum.

Tree Identification help please

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 16:10

Might be a golden rain tree.

Have a look here and compare with yours - 

I have a baby, 1m 30 high, in a pot, given me as a 6" seedling 4 years ago by a gardening friend.  Hers were a lot taller than the link info says and more the shape of yours too.

Advice on growing edibles under oak trees

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 16:00

Not a good idea to bury the tree's roots under extra layers of soil either.

If the garden is that big, you can surely find space for veggie beds in full sun which is what most need - except salad leaves, chervil, parsley.   Rhubarb can cope with a bit of shade but needs deep, rich, moisture retentive soil to do well.

I suggest you spend the first year in your garden noting what is where, what you like; what you don't like, when they appear and disappear; when the sun gets to each bit at different times of year; what needs to be lifted/divided/moved/swapped with mates or binned and so on.

Then you can make a sensible plan of what and where to grow and what you need to do or buy or sow to achieve it.   In the mean time, weed and feed and mow and prune to keep it looking as good as can be while you get to know it.

Plant ID - red acer like leaves with spiky red 'flowers'

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:28

Ricinus - grown as an annual in the UK as it is not hardy.

Also very poisonous so needs to be used with common sense and kept well away from small fingers but is grown very safely by thousands of gardeners.

Good results from seed exchange

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 09:59

Something to do with the software not getting the right signals from embedded orientation info in your photos.   They come out the right way when you click to enlarge.

Lovely flowers and colours.  One of my favourite fill in plants when waiting for perennials to mature.

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