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Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:27

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 16:52

Still waiting to hear from my fb contacts.  Sorry!  Will chase.

Fabulous day here.  Hope the weather holds for the weekend, we've big party in the garden (50 or so people coming) so we don't want rain!

Bumpity bump



Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 15:33

Thank you everyone - great suggestions!

Hogweed, the bank is dry in summer because sheltered from rain by overhanging trees, but wetter in winter when exposed (and the soil is clay).  The biggest issue is finding a decent soil pocket - it is rocky hillside, planting holes need to be dug with pickaxe and mattock, not spade.  So the soil is rich clay, but not much of it.  The only good thing about it is that the stoniness and steepness (it's about 45 degrees) means it does drain relatively well.

The other hazard is rabbits (and hares).... but nothing is immune to them, so I've given up worrying about that and just live with the casualties!

wayward wisteria

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 15:27

Stacey, that's a real shame!    When did you prune?

wayward wisteria

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 07:19

Did mine yesterday!  Prune away.  I often have to prune again later in summer cos it grows away again so fast.

Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:25

Hello all

We've long rocky bank, north-facing, and clay soil, which is planted with shrubs.   We tried for a mediterranean look, but a decade on most of the true mediterranean plants (spartium, cytisus) have given up the ghost - not surprising given the conditions.  The survivors are buddleia, some hydrangea, some cistus (surprisingly), some daphne.  One section of the bank is particularly tricky because it is in really serious shade from overhanging trees.  Even the buddleia are struggling there.

This season we're going to re-vamp.  We'd like if possible to keep the vaguely mediterranean look, but our range of shrubs needs to be more realistic.  Apart from the ones we have already, does anyone have any suggestions?

All ideas welcome!



Posted: 06/07/2014 at 16:18

Bright red lily beetles are the WORST pest in the garden.  I confess I use spray on my lollies even though I don't use it on other things... I've just not found any other way of dealing with them. They are vile!

Help with melons neede please

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 18:16

Thank you Dove!

Help with melons neede please

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:55

Well!  I now have four melon plants in growbags in the greenhouse, about 3 foot high and looking very healthy.  They have just begun to produce a few flowers.  I have nipped out the growing tip at about 3 foot.

I don't need to produce very many fruits, but I really would like to get half a dozen just to prove to my very sceptical Other Half that it is possible to grow melons here!  So, if my priority is size / quality rather than quantity, can someone advise...

Do I stop the laterals now too, or let them grow?

Do I pinch out sideshoots like I would for tomatoes?

Do I feed them, and if so then is tomato food the right sort of stuff?

Any other advice?  Do my plants sound like they are doing what they should be doing at the beginning of July?  All suggestions very gratefully received....

Thank you!


Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 18:50

I will check it out, folks!  Watch this space...

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