philippa smith2

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A New Allotment - Hints and Tips?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:54

I'd second Newboy's advice and just add that you need to ensure you can devote enough time on a regular basis to the inevitable watering, weeding and picking.  

It is surprising how quickly things develop when not right outside your back door..........I offer this comment with some feeling

Can't beat it tho so hope you get cracking and enjoy it

Fig tree

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:49

I wouldn't plant it so close to the house.......figs, once given free rein and suitable conditions will grow to a good sized tree.

If you plant it in the garden, you need to retain the roots with some sort of barrier.  Used to be done with bricks but you can do the same with breeze blocks or similar.  They have a real tendency to sucker, particularly when pruned and if you are not careful, you will end up with a little forest below the main tree.

Transplanting "Bee" orchids

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:35

The photo is not of a Bee Orchid...........they are very distinctive.

Check out Marsh orchid or Fragrant orchid.  If the leaves have any spots on them, then the Common Spotted orchid.

Dead head or not

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:21

There are 2 plants there.  The one with the blue green leaves is a Peony ..........if you don't want to save the seeds, you can remove the seed pod.

Climber for shade

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:48

Clematis armandii won't like deep shade.

Hedera IS a good option ( despite your reaction to the suggestion  ).  You can get the variegated ones - either large or small leaf ) which make an excellent and fairly quick screen and your wildlife will thank you for it too.

Hydrangea petiolaris is also a shade lover but there is "shade" and "Deep Shade".......only you will be the best judge of that.

Vinca major will also do well in shade but will need to be tied in to get a "climbing" effect.  Lonicera will do in shade but you need the right one...few will be at their best in full shade.

What unusual fruit and veg do you grow?

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:37

I'd agree with Runnybeak......winter and summer savoury are well worth the space.

First year with Passiflora edulis......2 fruits and counting

Growing clematis Montana over an arch

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:24

Clematis montana will eventually grow into a very large plant.  They are beautiful and will waft out a very seductive scent of chocolate but really only suitable if you have a large expanse to cover.

If you want to cover a relatively small arch, it would be better to look at other Clematis varieties.

Whichever one you choose to grow, check out the pruning instructions...... there are 3 basic groups and should be pruned accordingly. 


Posted: 10/06/2016 at 17:13

You are quite right to be dismayed Liriodendron.......I'd thought/hoped that introducing foreign species went out with the Ark.......unbelievable in this day and age

On a brighter note......what about one of those "loop" tapes which you could play endlessly to the hogs you want to re settle ?  Choose your phrases carefully and they will soon get the hang of Yorkshire Speak......can't be that difficult......I can understand my sister ( Todmorden) quite well - when I choose to


Posted: 10/06/2016 at 16:51

Chopped Peanuts, Mealworms, Sunflower hearts and the odd sultana too.  You don't need to buy cat food (unless you have a cat of course ).  

Opps, that's another couple of quid in your cat bank account 


Posted: 10/06/2016 at 16:42

Another person who is awake most of the night Hostafan if that is any comfort..........probably not but I can upload pics now so only showing off really

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