Pearse Carty

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Photo Competition

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 12:06


Does anyone know how to enter the advertised photo competition?  On page 58 of the Jan edition the address '' throws up no results despite many attempts by me to getting into it, and trying variations!  I'm hoping someone brilliant might be able to help this mad Irishman!!?  Thank you.

Talkback: How to mulch your beds and borders

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 14:56

Yep!  Thanks for that.  I was wondering what exactly to do.  Having visited my really helpful garden centre I was advised that we should indeed cover the lot, and out as far from the centre as the previous foliage spread in the growing season as that is a good guide in assessing the size of the roots underneath.  Then mark the centre with a stick.  In Spring clear the centre circle with care I (obviously!) to allow re-growth.  8cms at the centre should be fine............Aaah! Happy at last!  Cheers everybody!  P.

Talkback: How to divide water lilies

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 19:19

UPDATE:  TY all.  I've divided 4 plants which had massively grown out of their pots, and managed to successfully make about 35 small plants, all of which are thriving.  I expect it'll be next year before they flower.  Is that right?  The same goes for reed mace.

Talkback: Wildlife ponds

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 19:07

Hi Kate.  If I can do it anyone can!  This has been my third summer gardening as an absolute beginner in my new house which had not one 20000 at least.  I had a 50' X 20' extension which the previous owner/builder used as a builder's rubbish dump, which took 5 packed skips to clear.  Last Nov I started creating a brand new garden with a 19' X5' wildlife pond.  It was fully set up and fully planted by March, and has looked like it has been there for years.  It is full of life especially with dragonflies, damsel flies, newts and froglets (from tadpoles which I rescued from a true wildlife pond which had almost completely dried out and so was able to save them), which I keep finding throughout my entire garden, so I'm hoping I won't need any slug pelletts henceforth.  SO, don't be put off!  It's fantastic....and with all the plants in it the stagnant water has been crystal clear throughout, clearer than my large 10000 ltr ornamental fish pond which is serviced by a very expensive filter system!!  

Talkback: How to mulch your beds and borders

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 18:39

PHEW!!  (Joking...again!).  Like the reply.  Cheers!  

Talkback: How to mulch your beds and borders

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 09:24

Thank you for that.  Much appreciated.  By 6 winters I was jokingly trying to imagine a border a number of feet above normal ground/lawn level if you put mulch upon layer of mulch winter after winter!....with the perennialls getting deeper into the soil.

Welcome to tools and techniques

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 17:36

I've had contradictory advice on the best type of secateurs to buy.  Some say any mid-price range is perfectly satisfactory, whilst others swear by that most expensive one (name escapes me) costing at least £50, and which can be sent away for servicing and sharpening (how much does THAT cost?).  I'm not a 'name snob'!  What'd you reckon?  TY, P.

Talkback: How to mulch your beds and borders

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 15:27
As perennials are cut down to the ground in Autumn when they die back what is the best way to apply mulch please? Do you, for example, cover the crown as well as the area around where the roots are underground, and is this with about 5 to 8cms of the mulch? If so, do you need to remember to pull back that mulch cover in Spring to allow in light to the centre to allow leaf growth?...or will the mulch roof have gradually eased its way back into the soil? If not, will the plant simply grow up through it? If so, what will the bed look like after, say 6 winters???!!! TY,P.

New Home -Blank plot

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 12:53

No time to read all the above, George.  Where in the country is your new abode?  I'm on the South-East Coast, so soil and drainage are where I'd start.  I'd get stuck in designing a rough layout.  It's amazing how that can change as you get going.  I started gardening from scratch only 3 summers ago with a garden which had no flowers and hardly any beds.  All shrubs and trees.  Also shade all along one side like your's.  I've got so interested that I opened it up the public for charity last year.  Huge success.  It has massive variety of plants from full sun to full shade, plus loads of hardy exotics.  I started with a subscription with Gardener's World, which I STUDIED each month.  I also bought 'The Gardener's Year' by Alan Titchmarsh (published by Readers' Digest)...brilliant!,and through Amazon I bought the RHS A-Z Encyclopaedia of Gardening Plants (greatly reduced).  Because I learnt by doing and reading I'm now an official plant triallist for the UK's largest on line, if I can do it so can you!....from scratch!  EVERYTHING depends on your answers to my above two questions.  Also, I built a brand new garden extension which was a builder's side yard....5 tightly packed skips full!  Now I have a 19' X 5' wildlife pond.  I also have a 10000 ltr pond in my main garden.  A bid pond in the middle, with possibly a bog pond beside would be a great start as you can work from that.......I also bought a (must have) greenhouse, which is in a part shade area, and tow slectric propagators; I have saved huge amounts of money this way.  I also have well established trees....for your garden a must, BUT be very careful to ensure you buy from a very reputable garden centre where I bought beautiful, inexpensive, unusual and exotic trees which do not create much shade (you have to think ahead....a tree blocking light in the wrong place will cause you future problems).   I could go on and on!!!  Good luck!  PPC.

Talkback: How to divide water lilies

Posted: 14/02/2012 at 18:30
What time of year should I start to divide mine? TY.
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