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Latest posts by obelixx

Hedge - Escallonia???

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 00:25

I too would advise against laurel.  It's a thug and the more you cut it back the more the perisher grows.   Very dark green leaves are dull and look awful when they're cut with hedge trimmers as these shred the large leaves.

Escallonia would be lovely, easy to maintain and is also quite hardy.  I've had Lonicera Baggesdon's Gold wiped out by heavy frosts and wouldn't even try a pittosporum here.

Swiss Chard

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 23:57

Another fan here.   The leafy bits can be eaten raw in salads or cooked like spinach but is a softer taste and doesn't coat my mouth like cooked spinach does.  The stalks are good stir fried or in quiches.  

Easy to grow and attractive.   I've seen the red ones grown in ornamental borders with red Bishop of Llandaff dahlias, red onions, cavolo nero and red cannas.   Stunning. 

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 14:59

I did this one year after buying a Belgian magazine with a lunar calendar included and had the best results ever for germination and cropping.   I also found I was more  organised and gardened more efficiently as I would stick to root/flower/foliage/fruit tasks instead of flitting from one job to another as they caught my eye around the garden.

Haven't seen the magazine since but there's a website - that gives the days and also a poster on here who posts weekly guides to jobs using her local French calendar which is a bit more precise.   Can't find the link unfortunately.

Room 101

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:42

Dove - yu're very welcome.   Nasty, smelly things both.

Charlie - great list but what is FGM?

Room 101

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 13:46

Brussels sprouts, andouillettes, wind turbines in inappropriate places so nearly all of them, football in general and FIFA officials in particular, darts and snooker on telly cos they're interminable, endless repeats of antique and bric-a-brac shows, news readers who deliver the news of what has happened in the present tense and think government is a plural noun, mares tail, creeping buttercup, couch grass, bad drivers, benefit cheats, the management team at Heathrow, job's worth officialdom, little Englanders, scammers and spammers, child abusers, animal abusers, battery farming, Monsanto.........

No particular order and probably a lot more if I think about it.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 13:03

The simplest solution is to Ignore him - a good feature on this site.

Talkback: Wrapping up plants for winter

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 13:01

Winters here usually have a few weeks of -15C and can get as cold as -32C in a bad year so I prefer tor try and grow hardy plants that don't need extra coddling.   I put pots of hosta and lilies in a shed and pots of bulbs and evergreen agapanthus in the greenhouse.  I put a windbreak mesh on the back fence and another round the two blueberry bushes and then it's fingers crossed.

Why are so many of our favourite bloggers leaving GW?   Great shame.

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 12:52

Nowhere near hardy enough for my garden where winters have seen off a mahonia Charity.

Weed killer on allotment... Which to use

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 13:53

I don't like using glyphosate either so save it for stuations where nothing else will answer.   I too have bindweed which just multiplies when I try traditional weeding so I use glyphosate on that and my garden backs onto an arable field whose edges send invading couch grass, nettles and other nasties into my veg plot and borders.

I use glyphosate along there in spring when they're growing fast and most likely to take it all up and I gather the bindweed up for a close spray or a brush with rubber gloves coated in glyphosate solution.  One day I'll win.


Talkback: How to make willow plant supports

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 17:42

I did a day's course learning to make an obelisk from willow.   They were fresh withies cut in late winter so we had to let them dry out a  few days when we got them home if we didn't want them to grow in the garden.   It was lovely and very satisfying but by the end of the next winter it was ruined.  Not designed to stand up to howling gales, heavy rains or snow or -20C apparently.


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