Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:04

Unfortunately councils these days - and other organisations - don't generally employ gardeners to do these jobs so they are rarely done with care and attention to what's there. It's why we finish up with cubed hedges rather than pruned ones. 

Where to start?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 06:26

Definetely get rid of the brambles before you think about planting anything. When you're buying tools - e.g. spade (you'll definetely need one), go for quality over price, it will pay off in the long run. 

Apart from clearing and sorting out the junk - Bob Flowerdew would probably find a use for most of it  I'd personally sit back and watch the garden through the seasons for a year. The brambles and the junk clearing will probably take up that time anyway.  Look for aspect (N S E W - facing), soil type (acid, alkaline, sandy, clay) - look at local gardens to help you with this, what grows in theirs. This will help you think and plan what you want (and can) grow. 

Gardening as part of the National Curriculum

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 08:05

Just watching the BBC news and the potential of gardening becoming part of the National Curriculum. The Prime Minister's comment in a speech a couple of years ago, which equated gardening skills with litter collection seems to have galvanised the RHS and schools to hit back.

It's a no-brainer for me, and I'm sure most people on this forum, to know that gardening provides the basic essentials for the majority of sciences. My own interest in gardening, which started mumbly mumbly years ago, sparked my interest and resulted in a degree in Environmental Earth Sciences.

I'm still a strong advocate of litter collection though. Litter ruins the look of a garden   


Posted: 07/04/2013 at 10:04

Forgot to mention that if they don't flower at all they could need splitting. If they become congested it will impede the flowering


Posted: 07/04/2013 at 10:03

The only daff I have flowering at the moment is Tete-a-Tete. Eveything else just a bunch of green leaves. Some have buds, but others haven't. I'm pretty sure the weather is to blame. Keeping my fingers crossed that the buds will arrive eventually

New South facing garden

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 09:50

Plants in my south-facing front border which particularly attract wildlife are Verbena boniariensis, Sedums (various species), Achilleas, Agastache, Alliums, Geums, Eryngiums, Paeonies(various single species).

Shrubs - I have a Virbunum bodnantes as it's a great winter flowering shrub - it's flowered constantly for the last few months! Sambuccus nigra - great for berries for the birds as well as flowers

This RHS page gives a fairly comprehensive list



Adding chicken droppings to compost?

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 09:24

NOOO don't dispose of them Tracey . They're a great addition to compost!

I'm  not sure I'd add them to leaf mould but that's because I store it in those bags you get firewood in  and therefore have quite large holes (think it would seep out and be difficult to handle). I suppose if you use standard plastic bags then it would be ok.

Lawn condition

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:39

Lawn and chickens. Does that count as an oxymoron? 

The average gardener

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:36

Sue H, that's not even a gardener 

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