Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Newspaper under woodchips as mulch?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 22:39

Newspaper would be fine, though personally I'd put it under the woodchip. I first saw it used in in Australia where it was recommended as it helps to retain water as well as stopping weeds. I used it there in a friend's garden putting down a thick layer under her poor soil. It worked very well as a soil improver as well as water retainer and weed preventer

Push mowers

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 22:31

Thanks for your comments everyone, especially Gary for the info about Bosch & Qualcast. I think the Brill is out of my price range. The Webb looks good, but my lawn is small, and I'm not fussed about a perfect lawn. I like the idea of a light mower, and my lawn is on a bit of a slope, but I can always take up walking to exercise if it isn't strenuous enough . The Qualcast 380 is looking favourable

Push mowers

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 22:32

I'm seriously considering buying a push mower now that my electric one is on its last legs. Apart from being more environmentally friendly, I hate all the faff of the wire and plugging it in for my small lawn, plus I think the free exercise will beat paying the price of the gym.

I'm torn between the Qualcast and the Bosch. Does anyone use one and which do you recommend?

water feature

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 03:33

I don't have room either Jenny. A bird bath is the nearest I've got to one. I've been window shopping the solar-powered water features but they're expensive and may be a luxury too far....... I think I'll stick to window shopping


Posted: 09/06/2012 at 03:21

I've had years when they didn't flower. I don't know if it depends on the variety. I usually pull mine up about 12 weeks after planting. As I plant them out around Easter I start harvesting around July/August. If you're growing them in a tub you can always put your hand in and test to see if they're big enough. Never grown them in a greenhouse though so I don't know if this would speed up their maturity


Posted: 09/06/2012 at 03:13

I usually divide mine in late August/Sept every 3 or 4 years. The 4 varieties (bearded and sibrica) I have are usually flowering in May/June so I wouldn't move or divide them then

Perennials not growing

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 03:03

This is my third year of trying. I bought an Echinacea Tomato Soup last year. I thought it had died till I came to plant out some purpurea seedlings. It was still there but tiny. They might be hardy in southern areas but they certainly aren't in my area, Plus they're not very long lived

Mystery plant

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 00:05

I bought a sickly Dracaena for 10p from Morrisons about 15 years ago. Still here, 6 foot tall, and most of the family have plants from the cuttings


Posted: 06/06/2012 at 23:59

I've had mixed results with mine this year. One pot of Bishop of Llandaff are growing very well, while another of Waltzing Matilda perished as it was too wet. I looked at the tubers last weekend and they are pretty well rotted I've also grown some from seed - Bishops Children - which flourished until I hardened them off. While half are still flourishing and leafy, the other half got eaten by slugs and are just bare stalks. One can live in hope for a new set of leaves though

mushroom compost

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 23:52

It's good as a soil improver or mulch on most veg, but especially brassicas. Raspberries prefer more acidic soil so no it's not good on those or other fruit. I wouldn't use it in the runner bean trench unless you're mixing it with compost which will provide the nutrients

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