Patsy F

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Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:48

I agree that the trees should be removed, but as Hogweed says, it's unlikely you'll get anything to grow tall enough to screen the playground in the short term.  Am I right in understanding that you intend to replace the fence in the photo with a wooden one (obviously this would not allow much light through). I would grow a mix of climbers and tall evergreen shrubs, to clothe the fence, bearing in mind the position is facing East.  I have a Mahonia in this position at the end of my garden, which is an evergreen shrub with prickly leaves similar to Holly, and scented yellow flowers in winter.  I also have a Ribes, which is deciduous and has pretty pink flowers in spring, attracting bees.  I underplant with Hellebores, ferns, spring bulbs and primroses.  There are a number of climbers to choose from, depending on your preference, (Clematis, Lonicera) which could be planted between the shrubs.  Alternatively, if you don't have a wooden fence you could have a hedge - Hornbeam, Beech, Yew.  Enjoy the planning!

programmes to watch

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 21:11

Really enjoying 'A Place to Call Home'.  Regina is like the wicked witch of the west; George is a bit wet; Sarah is a saint; Olivia is likeable, but childlike; her husband is lovely, although biased; Elizabeth is the matriarch with a heart (eventually); Jack is gorgeous, as is Caroline ..........  

Fruit bushes!

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 10:39

You can have different varieties of blueberries, which will fruit at slightly varying times, thus lengthening the harvesting period. I haven't grown raspberries before, but yes the summer and autumn varieties need pruning at different times, I believe, which could prove confusing. I'm going for  the summer type and Ladybird recommends a 'Malling' variety.

Where to put Raspberry plant in winter

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 10:29

Thank you, I'll do some research.

Fruit bushes!

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 12:35

I have 3 different varieties of blueberries, all in separate pots.  They require ericaceous compost in a pot slightly larger than the root ball.  When watering, use rain water.  They need plenty of water during the warm months - I give mine a good drenching  once a week, which is more effective than a small amount each day, but don't let them dry out  I top dress mine every Spring with fresh ericaceous compost, removing about two inches of the old compost.  They do not need to be situated next to each other - the bees will find them! Someone cleverer than me will be able to answer your other questions.  Good luck!

Where to put Raspberry plant in winter

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 12:15

I'm thinking of growing raspberries this year, probably in large pots.  I haven't grown them before and would probably prefer a summer fruiting variety.  Could anyone recommend a good one, please?

Where to put Raspberry plant in winter

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 23:01

I didn't think raspberries needed frost protection, as far as I know they stay in the ground throughout winter, and survive!

Survey about gardening and its therapeutic aspects

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 16:44


Bird feeders

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 21:05

Yes, well I think it is a false economy to buy expensive bird feeders which are demolished by squirrels or large birds and difficult or impossible to thoroughly clean.  Much easier to spend a tenner a year on something that actually works.

Bird feeders

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 09:55

Yes, they are so fiddly.  I soak mine, but then you need a narrow brush to clear all the gunge that builds up.  I now buy cheap ones from Wilko's and replace them regularly.

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