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Your eight 'Desert Island Discs' plants

Posted: Today at 13:41

I can't do it! There would have to be sweet peas and pinks and roses. Oh, and honeysuckle and peonies and delphinium of course, but what about all the foliage and winter interest and bulbs? It's too cruel! I give up. Hardy annuals......lavender....

plants in pots as windbreaks

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 21:00

I have a very windy garden, too. If you want to use containers they need to be VERY heavy or fixed to the ground in some way. You would not believe how easily the wind will blow over pots that you can hardly shift an inch. I also feel that they need to be big to grow six foot plants or you will be watering them every five minutes.

10ft of boring bareness

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 17:35

I love the gold-splashed leaves of eleagnus. I also have a silvery grey variety that, in early summer, is covered with tiny, fragrant flowers. They seem to accept almost any conditions and can be cut to whatever size you want. We seem to get lots of birds in and out of ours but I don't think they provide any food.

Can You Suggest a Front Garden Tree or Bush

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 18:05

Remember that if THEY can't see in, HE won't be able to see out!  I know what you mean - I tend to look in windows, too and I know I shouldn't, but it is only an idle glance, for a fraction of a second. I can't bear rooms overshadowed by close trees and shrubs, with no light and no view so he needs to decide which is worse - being overlooked or living in the dark!

North Facing Border

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 17:51

If you look up your favourite plants on the RHS site, you will be able to find out the specific conditions each needs because full light isn't the whole story. Some shrubs and perennials thrive in heavy, moist soil, some need light sandy soil to flourish, and so on. Ph. is important, too The more you can provide of their needs, the greater your hope of success. For example, catmint hates my heavy clay, sun or shade, and rots off over winter, penstemon is a non starter, too, but oriental poppies will grow anywhere in the garden. Have a good look at what you are offering your plants, not just the sun hours.


Posted: 17/11/2015 at 22:48

If there are not very many, stick them in the compost. They rot down quite quickly if you run the mower over them and pick them up all mashed up with the grass cuttings.

Low maintenance ideas for a large garden

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 07:40

It is a lovely piece of land, KHT. The problem is that it takes years to make a garden, even a wild flower meadow isn't as wild as the name implies. Of course you could plant trees and shrubs which need little care but the animals will destroy them just as they become established. I think the key thing is to look at the plot in terms of the way you want it to look once you are living there. If part of it will be preserved as garden you may want to add some permanent features that can take care of themselves and get going now but if it is all for the animals, you might be best to ask your farmer to run a few sheep on it! They will cut the grass and add some fertiliser with no effort from you at all. Good luck, anyway.

Low maintenance ideas for a large garden

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 21:12

If you are serious about the sheep, goat and especially the pig there is no point in making a garden at all. These animals will eat or destroy the lot and the pig will turn it into a wallow. You will need to remove anything poisonous and make strong fences but you won't be able to grow anything.


Posted: 14/11/2015 at 07:45

On yes? What are these better ways then? I hope you are not one of these artificial grass people, Edd.


Posted: 13/11/2015 at 20:27

If you find that you just can't face another minute of spiking it with a fork you can hire a hollow time aerator which will do a better job more quickly. When it is done, scatter a mix of gritty sand and compost over the grass and brush it in with a yard brush or one of those witch's brooms. You really will see an improvement.

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