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Garden Problem Area

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 09:40

Hi, I have a problem area in my garden, it is at the bottom of the garden, in shade most of the time. There is also a well established Walnut tree growing there. My problem is that nothing seems to gro there very well, except for weeds (geranium type and some sort of creeping low ground level sticky weed), most things I have tried to grow there fail or get eaten by wild rabits. However I have two Heucherras which grow wuite well (though looking sorry for themselves at the moments after the snow) and I have five more in pots waiting to be strong enought to plant out.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I could grow in this shady spot. The soil is not the best and someone in the past seems to have dumped coal into it (unless I have my own seam in the garden) so it may help to improve it with some compost or organic fertiliser. I do plan to put my five new Heucheras in there too in a landscaped pattern with some raised higher than the others. I am also trying to grow to Japanese Maples however they're little more than twigs at the moment and another favorite of the rabits (they're surrounded by pots at the moment to keep them away) and I have new Winter Jasmine plants growing up a trellis on the back fence (if the nettles in the adjacent field allow them).

If anyone has any suggestions of how to beautify this shady area please let me know. I can put a couple of pictures up if it helps.


Pruning Raspberrys Help Please

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 09:29

Hi, this is my first post here as I have a question. I'm relatively new to gardening as I only moved to a house with a garden to speak of last year and only managed to do a few things while looking after new baby. I am very keen and did manage to erect and fill a 6x12foot fruit cage with several fruits in it.

My question concerns my Raspberrys. I have two plants, both of which I thought were autumn fruiting as the fruit was quite late (September) and was planning to cut the canes to the ground this month. However I went out yesterday to do it and saw that there were some canes that did indeed look dead (old) and some others that has what looked like buds on. The rest of the fruit canes (Blueberry, Blackcurrant, Jostaberry) have similar buds which I assume is where the fruit will grow this year.

Should I leave these canes in place? Does that mean that my bushes are summer fruiting? I assume I can cut what looks like dead wood out, I just want to make sure that I don't cut what will fruit this year. Also does anyone have any tips on how to control the shape of the canes that are there (assuming I don't have to cut them down).


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