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Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:58

Belgians don't do proper biscuits so I make my own but only for events such as dance club activities.   I do a mean Parmesan and oat biscuit for the savoury types and then chocolate chip always goes down well and there's a chocolate one with apricots or cranberries which make them chewy and sort of healthy.   I like ginger nuts for the base of a lemon cheesecake and that means a 60km trip to the English shop.

Climber for a north east wall

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:03

There are lots of clematis that would be happy here if you can provide wires stretched between vine eyes screwed to the wall in horizontal rows anything form 12 to 18 inches apart.   You could plant more than one to have a variety of colours of flower but do make sure they are from the same pruning group or things could get complicated.   Viticellas are probably the easiest group as they are vigorous and can be pruned almost to the ground every March and will then produce new growth with flowers all summer long and into autumn.  Have a look at Betty Corning (scented), Etoile Rose, Pagoda, Hagelby Pink and its white form, Lisboa, Melody.  Nelly Moser and Perle d'Azur have larger, flatter blloms and can be treated as group 3s and pruned like th eviticellas if you want to contrast form as well as colour.

Climbing roses such as Golden Showers, Paul's Scarlet and New Dawn will also do well and provide repeated flowering through the summer.  

Both roses and clematis are gross feeders so need really good soil preparatin and annual feeds to keep them looking good and blooming.


Nuclear option for weeds?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 13:33

Bricks aren't tarmac and are damaged by salts.  

Pathclear is good but you have to be careful about getting it on surrounding borders and into waterways so no good where gardens drain into ponds or streams but probably OK for normal urban use.


Posted: 24/03/2015 at 13:01

Thursday 2nd of April on BBC Scotland and Sunday 5th on BBC2.

Excellent programme full of good tips and topical info as well as informative trials of methods and products and plants.    They seem to manage to cram in a great deal without it feeling rushed and the delightful Mr Beardshaw is part of the team whose members all have their own specialities and interests.

Cats.........stop them from messing in my garden!!!

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 11:00

The most effective and also most humane weapon against unwanted cats is a water scarecrow.  You just need an outside tap and the device.   Google for info.

Please help in identification!

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 10:58

Can't see the picture.  Please use the tree icon to upload a photo from your PC.

As for the garden and its plants, the best advice for the first growing season in any new garden is to leave it be and watch what grows and take regular photos.   This will help you identify what you have and like and what you want to get rid of or move or lift and divide come the autumn.

You shoud scatter some general feed around - chicken, cow and horse manure or blood, fish and bone to give everything a boost and some organic slug pellets for protection.  Weed any obvious menaces such as nettles, creeping buttercup, thistles, couch grass, groundsel, goosegrass/sticky bud and so on and cut off any dead and brown stems on grasses and perennials so new growth can come through.   Shrub roses need pruning now too.

If you don't recognise the weeds you can google for pictures and for rose pruning, see here - 

Nuclear option for weeds?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 07:06

There are new rules about driveways and paved gardens being left porous to allow rainwater to soak in and reduce the danger of flooding.    

You could try a flamethrower weed killer when they appear.  You could use a power washer but that would dislodge sand and cement so the joints would need refilling every year.    You could spray with glyphosate based weed killer when there's enough growth to take the product back to the roots and kill the plants permanently.but you'd still have to remove the unsightly dead growth once the active ingredient has done its work.


Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 07:00

No sign here of any perennials except hellebores, hemerocallis and hardy geraniums plus a few pulmonarias starting to flower.  Evereyone else is sensibly staying underground because we're having heavy overnight frosts at the mo after a few dark grey days with bitter winds and very low temps.

Warming up now though so shouldn't be long.

science behind frost protection?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 14:21

The protection acts like a coat you'd put on to go outside.  You need different layers of protection and insulation for different degrees of frost and so do plants.   Whatever you use you need to make sure it doesn't touch the plants as they'll get frosted that way too.

Fleece is fine in Britain which rarely gets below about -6C in most places.  My garden in Belgium gets to -15C in normal winters but without an insulating blanket of snow.   The last  two winters have been very mild here but previous ones have seen temps go well below -20C and I have lost many usually hardy shrubs and trees and perennials because I can't fleece or cloche my entire 1 acre+ garden.  I keep the cloches for early veggies and hardening off new sowings of perennials.


Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 10:04

Having read the reviews before buying my new hose last year, I went for the 40m wall mounted retractable hose from Hozelock and it has been brilliant.  It has stayed outside all winter.    I used it again for the first time last week and it rolled out and back like a dream.   Not cheap but a good investment I reckon.

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