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Hedge ideas

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 15:05

Ooh Rosa rugosa, good call. I nearly went with Rosa rugosa but along the driveway was too spiny with having small children. It is fast growing too and will grow pretty much anywhere. 

Hedge ideas

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 14:42

Yep. That too! 

Hedge ideas

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 14:33

I'm growing a crab apple hedge. Blossom for bees and other insects in spring and fruit for the birds in autumn as well as pretty autumn foliage. Its not too expensive if you buy them bare root in the winter. 

I think I used Worth a look at their website for some inspiration and ideas if nothing else, as they have lots of information about the characteristics of all different types of hedging and suitability for different situations.

Hope that helps. I know I spent ages agonising over what to get! 

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 09:11

Various descriptions of these say they like free draining soil. I've got an area that gets plenty of sun as its south facing but is under the canopy of some very big sycamores so the soil is always very dry so im struggling to get anyhting to establish here. Would these buddleia be OK here or would they need a more open site? 


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:41

I had exactly the same happen when I got my plot. It was very 'kindly' sprayed before we were given it. As others have said, I think its quite common, and done in kindness to give you a fighting chance, as I suspect they have experience of many newbies taking on overgrown plots and getting disheartened and giving up within the first few weeks/months. I, like you, was cross at first, as there were a few things like strawberries and raspberries that were killed off too, but with a jungle to contend with I see where they were coming from.

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 18:36

Ooh just looked these up. Look lovely. When i think of buddlejas I have memories of huge sprawling things taking over my parents garden but these look fab. More to add to the wish list for next year! Thank you! 

San Marzano 3 tomatoes

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 14:56

Thanks Dave. Like I said before , I understand determinate and indeterminate,  but am struggling to find anything about semi determinate plants. 

San Marzano 3 tomatoes

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 14:19

I've grown lots of tomatoes in the past, all cordon ones like tigarella and gardeners delight. I got some free seeds for San Marzano 3 this year so thought I would have a go. On the packet it says they are semi determinate. I understand that determinate are bushy ones, and indeterminate are cordon which you pinch the side shoots off. But what should I have done for semi determinate? I know its a bit late for this year. I started off pinching out side shoots, then stopped, so they have been sprawly bushy ones. Having recently hacked off some leaves to try and get them to ripen, there don't seem to be many trusses. 

Should I have done them in cordons? I have some seeds left so might have another go next year.


OK, who's got it?

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:24

Not quite the same scale as some of these, but I once had a beautiful oriental poppy in my front garden. After it had flowered, I was all set to save the seeds to plant. As the seed pod was drying on the plant I watched a car stop outside my house, a man get out and pluck the seed pod, get into his car and drive off! Not even just someone walking by. Very bizarre and very annoying. 


What peas are the best

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:19

Never had any problems with moths on man get out. I assume because the peas never really get that big? And because they are pretty much finished by July. 

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