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Gardeners World

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 10:20

Given the Beeb has 4 channels I don't see why snooker can't go to Beeb 3 or even GW go to 3 or 4 for te weeks when "more important" sport is on.

Having said that, I didn't miss GW this week.   I don't think he's done anything relevant to my garden this season except for the advice to wait for temps to be right before planting and he hasn't done anything that's got my juices flowing for a new project or plant.

However, I did really enjoy Beechgrove and was very interested to see them sowing broad beans outside now.  What with having new feet this year I haven't got any beans started at all and just toms and chillies indoors.

Alternative lawn

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:10

Or gravel?  You can walk on it and grow plants through it.   Mediterranean herbs especially will love the extra heat it reflects and the drainage.

In Need Of Help

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:07

Cheaper to go to a garden centre or nursery or get a cutting from a friend if you can.

Good luck with the next one.

Climbers

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 17:57

And how cold do you get in winter - worst case.?

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:26

There are things you can do.   Start early on St Valentine's Day (because it's easy to remember) or as soon as any snwo clears and scatter wildlife friendly slug pellets thinly over your borders.  These will get the first slugs to emerge from hibernation and also any new hatchllings.  Repeat the scatterings every two weeks or after heavy rain to get the next lot and stop them all breeding and feeding.

Once plants like hostas and dahlias emerge, use a garlic spray to deter slugs and keep up the regular scatterings of pellets.    This advice comes from a hosta nursery owner so should be good.

Garlic spray for hostas and other susceptible plants and seedlings

 

2 Bulbs Garlic
2 Pints Water

Instructions

Crush 2 bulbs of garlic
Steam or boil in 2 pints of water for 3 to 4 minutes until blanched
Strain mixture and make back up to 2 pints
Leave to cool


When ready to use, mix one tablespoon into a gallon (3.8 litres) of water. Sprinkle on to leaves in late afternoon (in dry weather). Reapply every two weeks.

 

couch grass

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:20

Unless you have a bowling green, does it really matter if it's in the lawn?  It's green and grassy.   The main thing is to keep your edges trimmed and stop it escaping into the borders where it is a nightmare to weed.

Do my Blueberries need feeding?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 09:55

I feed mine an ericaceous top dressing feed every spring to compensate for harsh winters which often kill off a few branches that the shrubs then replace with new shoots.  I get good crops - except last year when the blossoms were frozen by a late and heavy frost.

I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 23:21

Any solution that involves growing things is not going to be instant so a hedge on stilts doesn't have to be bought in ready made and grown.  It can be bought young, trained up and grown on.

The advice about trees for perspective at different heights and distances is sound and will make the garden interesting but also take time to grow.   A lot depends on how much budget is available and how much patience.  No point having a 10 year plan if the owner is not planning to stay more than 5 and needs instant privacy.   In that case, a pergola will serve best.

In Need Of Help

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:56

Leave it alone for a while and see if the green bumps turn into new shoots and foliage.  Most people grow lemon scented pelargoniums for the foliage, not the flowers, and mine has never flowered in 3 years but I make a great ice cream by infusing overnight some of the leaves in heated milk and cream and then following a standard recipe with eggs and sugar to make the ice cream.  Great served with fresh red fruits such as redcurrants or raspberries or strawberries.

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:49

Yellowing leaves are also caused by magnesium deficiency.   You can fix that by mixing one tablespoon of Epsom salts in a gallon of water and then pouring it over as a foliar feed.  Make sure you use soft or rain water for this and for any other treatment you give it such as sequestered iron to help correct an iron deficiency..

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