Latest posts by Obelixx

What's the difference?

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 10:39

I think mulching implies a thick layer of well-rotted compost or manure which is worked into the soil over winter by natural activity from worms and other soil organisms.   This would be the no-dig type and brilliant for improving fertility in veg plots and soil structure on clay or sand.

The other kind of mulch is the weed suppressing layers of chipped bark, gravel or pebbles or slate chippings.

I think that means your comfrey is surface composting.

I have become that person...

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 10:35

If it does turn out to be allowable, you need to be canny with plants.  A Kiftsgate rose or Rambling Ractor or Wedding Day would have the vigour to cover it fairly quickly and you could train a viticella clematis or 3 up them to extend cover and colour.  Alternatvely, 2 or 3 of the newer repeat rambler roses and clamtis alpinas for early flowers.


Posted: 03/10/2017 at 10:30

It was once a major crop in some areas and is how Saffron Walden got its name.   Worth having a go I should think.  You could certainly grow enough for your needs.   Harvest with tweezers!

Apparently someone has recently started commercial cultivation again - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/agriculture/farming/11212315/Putting-saffron-back-into-Saffron-Walden.html

I have become that person...

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 22:05

He should have gone for a Cameron shepherd hut!   So much more stylish.

I hope it is illegal and that it has to go.  If not, I'm sure we can help you come up with plants and features to hide it.

Small, overlooked garden, privacy & design ideas

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 22:01

Walls are so much better than fences as they are sturdier and can be covered with plants or clever lighting to make them look really attractive and make the garden seem cosy and comfortable rather than small and overlooked.

Beware of going high with too many plants or trees as you will feel too enclosed and confined.

Have a look at some of the pictures here to get some ideas - https://www.google.fr/search?q=design%2Bsmall+walled+garden&tbm=isch&imgil=OBQr4Jti_pB3BM%253A%253Bmj0EhEmjVs6A1M%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.gardendesign.com%25252Fpictures%25252Fsmall-garden-pictures_752%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=OBQr4Jti_pB3BM%253A%252Cmj0EhEmjVs6A1M%252C_&usg=__ijiNIMXTDXluWUskT8ui1ay3CXI%3D&biw=1600&bih=769&ved=0ahUKEwix5MaF6tLWAhUCIcAKHafgC6MQyjcIMw&ei=T6jSWfGACYLCgAanwa-YCg#imgrc=hrqcfkWzJPB6hM:

Climbers for north facing wall

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 20:09

Paint it or otherwise smarten it up and then decorate it - fairy lights, ornaments, hanging pots......

Hydrangea rooted in water

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 18:04

It needs potting up so the roots can grow into soil later on.   Remove the flower head first so you don't risk stressing the plant while it gets accustomed to its new home.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 16:47

Thanks BF.  I grew Japanese onions in wet old Belgium and they were fine.  They just don't have the keeping power of the usual onions so don't store well.  No point growing more than you can eat in the gap.

We have rain - that is to say a couple of good downpours yesterday and drizzle on and off today.  No strong winds so it's soaking in and might make it more than one inch down now.   That'd be good as I've loads of bulbs to plant out from last year's finds and pots plus the new ones that jumped aboard when OH took em to buy 6 bags of compost for potting and also improving soil...

The next generation

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 15:55

Aunty Rachel, it's a double whammy isn't it which is why the RHS has developed a programme for horticulture in schools.  It helps get kids interested in plants and wildlife and where food comes from but also gets them learning in different ways and outdoors which has to be good for all kids with different learning skills.

I reckon the way to Possum's gardening heart will be thru her stomach - as long as she doesn't always find extra protein in her broccoli!

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 15:52

I sowed some old ones found when I sorted out my seeds this spring and they took forever to germinate and then got hit by a seriously of May and a heatwave in June and sat and did nothing.  Busy-Lizzie, who gardens inland in the Dordogne, warned me they go over quickly because of the heat.  I finally potted the surviving half dozen all together in one pot in July which I kept in semi shade and, lo and behold, I now have a few, short stemmed, small flowered but highly scented blooms.

I shall try sowing some this month wit a view to getting an early start before things heat up next spring.  Should be OK as I don't get anywhere near as cold as Busy here near the Vendée coastline and I shall sow some more in January to try and extend the season but keep them in shade for most of the day.

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