Latest posts by Obelixx

Concrete slab

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 15:01

I would use it as a workspace for potting on or growing on plants.  I'd also widen that back bed to at least the depth of the slab and put a border down the side but not dead straight as curves or diagonals or triangles add interest.

If you're not interested in a work area, try filling it with an assortment of pots and grow  bulbs, spring bedding or specimen plants that will be show-offs.

Another possibility is to erect a trellis panel or 2 in front to hide it, dig a border in front of that and grow a decorative or fruitful climbing plant up it and hide things like green waste or compost bins behind it. .

Planting in shade

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:48

That is an excellent idea.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:47

Thing is Frank, they set MD up as the nation's favourite gardener and a guru.   He can make big mistakes when trying something new - we all can and should extend our limits of knowledge and experience - but not something so basic and so every day for a professional gardening presenter.

New turf in august now hardly growing

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:31


Grass doesn't really start to grow till average temps are steadily more than 8C.

Worm casts are a sign of good soil and can be lightly brushed off.   When you do start to cut, keep the blades high to begin with as longer grass leaves can feed and strengthen the roots and thus help the grass thicken and compete with weeds.

In mid April, when it's warm enough, apply a spring feed for grass, with a weed and moss treatment combined if you thin it needs it.   Follow the instructions on the pack.  Never cut the grass shorter than one inch, esepcially in summer when it's drier.

Last edited: 27 March 2017 12:31:55

Planting in shade

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:24

In that case, buy the biggest, deepest pots you can or make a big trough - mimimum 75cms deep and wide to give maximum root room.   Put crocks in the bottom to keep the drainage hoe clear and then fill with best quality John Innes no 3 compost.

Have a look at this rose - http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/the-lady-of-the-lake-rambling-rose which is a repeat flowering rambler so easy to train as the stems are less rigid than a climber.

It will be grafted onto a rootstock which needs to be buried 1 or 2 inches below soil level.   Water the new rose well before planting and again after planting.   Pots do not get enough water form the rain so you will need to water regularly and give it a top dressing of something like blood, fish and bone every spring and liquid feeds of rose or tomato food between March and late June.

Train the stems as horizontally as possible to encourage more flowers to set and dead-head regularly to keep them coming.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:15

Kitty - he's a rescued Labrador taken in by Rasta's dog trainer after his owner was carted off to hospital and expected to die.  He was nearly 3 years old and had never been outside or had a walk or been trained in any way.   He had no collar or chip so she called him U2.

I don't like either U2 or Bono but decided to keep the band theme and went for Bonzo Do Doodah Band.   He gets called Bozo a lot but less now that he's responding tor training and gaining confidence.  He is very soppy and loving and can be really quite clever but then lets his panic at new things overwhelm him.   It's taken him 4 months to decide the kittens are not frightening and are fun to play with.

I'm ignoring washing and other indoor jobs and working out where to plant hostas in their new bed.

Creative ways to fill garden bed

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:07

I'm assuming from your terminology and that link that you are in Canada or the USA.

This is a British based forum so very different gardening conditions - climate, soil etc - and then there's the question of tastes and budgets and customs.

Maybe you'd like to share some pics of your garden.

Last edited: 27 March 2017 12:07:41

Planting in shade

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:01

Some climbing and some rambling roses will do well on a shady aspect as will many clematis.  A lot will depend on where you are in the country - frosts etc, what kind of soil you have - clay/sand/loam/acid/alkaline and whether or not you can provide supports with trellis or tensioned wires.

The trick then is to give them a decent planting hole to get their roots down, plenty of organic matter as they are gross feeders and drinkers and then a regular prune and feed according to variety.   

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Weed ID

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 11:18

I had ground ivy/creeping Charlie in my Belgian garden along with creeping buttercup, nettles, thistles, mares tail, sticky bud, dandelions, bindweed, couch grass, bittercress, chickweed, herb Robert....

So far in this one I have nettles which are mostly tucked away in wild corners so can stay for the wildlife; then mostly dandelions and lesser celandine.   I don't mind the latter in the grass as it will get mowed anyway but I've started hoicking it out of the flower bed it's colonising.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 11:11

Monty and the crew are professionals used to filming schedules, angles and the like and with budgets and filming schedules to follow.  It only takes a second to cut off a plant tie and another to tease out the roots.   He should be doing it properly and explaining it properly because inexperienced gardeners will do as he did and then wonder why it fails to thrive.

It doesn't have to be a performance or a palaver.

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