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Latest posts by SFord

how to use nematodes efficiently

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:09

I have used nematodes for slugs over the last couple of years and tend to give two applications over the spring/summer when the temperatures get warm enough.  Have just ordered mine for this year and have increased the amount as I am definately going to use them on the allotment too - have found them effective!

A-Z TV gardening

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:07

I do record it but then fast foward through items/segments that I am not interested in.  With regard to other programmes, if you have Sky Arts, there has been a series on National Trust gardens, narrated by Penelope Keith, giving the history of the garden, its conception and a history of the person who created it.  The ones on Sissinghurst and Hidcote were very informative and some fantastic shots of the gardens and their overall design

My castor oil plant

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 14:59

I agree with blairs.  If its a Fatsia Japonica and outside, the leaves will wilt in cold weather but it tends to be pretty tough

Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 11:32

I planted my DA rose, Gertrude Jekyll, against my fence in November and already there are shoots about an inch long.  We havent had any snow at all (not even over the last couple of weeks) and very rarely get a hard frost (live in Cornwall right on the north coast) so hopefully the new growth will be fine. 

As I have planted it as a climber to grow up against a fence I remembered to plant it leaning towards the fence and will look to install the eyes and wire when the weather gets better (and when I can pursuade the hubby to do so - under my supervision of course!). 

Once its established I plan to also grow a large flowered purple clematis up through the rose.  I think the combination of the deep pink with the purple clematis against my fence which is painted a soft sage green will look fab.  Eventually planning to grow it across the fence above a bench to get the most of the scent.

too scared to prune

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 15:56

I had a twisted hazel and I just 'lopped off' branches during the summer that were taking over or a little out of control (the border wasnt that deep).  It was lovely, however, did grow too wide and deep for the space so unfortunately it had to go this winter (good thing is that I have lots of branches to use as props this year - have replaced it with a young cornus which will eventually be taller, but wont take over the whole border.

I am usually quite gentle with my rose pruning as not sure really what to do, but having followed instructions in recent magazines have been strict this year.  Am hoping that this will mean better roses - mine are in pots and I already mulch, feed, deadhead and spray as necessary but they are not as good or florific as I expected.  They are about three years old now.  Am not sure if its the care I am giving them of because the weather has been so wet over the past couple of summers - balling of the buds is a big problem but generally they dont seem to be very 'robust'.

Flowers in small pots!

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 15:43

Dont know what your daughter's colour scheme is but how about lobelia in shades of pinks, purples and whites?  They would bulk up quite quickly but would need some careful watering if in such small pots

Train Station Gardens

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 09:03

She is currently backpacking around Grand Canaria for a month - back before the growing season really starts!  I am totally in awe of her.

Train Station Gardens

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 08:48

Thanks Kathy - I will have a look.

My mum is in her 70's and as well as her own garden and the community garden, she also has her own allotment (and still does all the heavy work herself)!

Train Station Gardens

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 08:26

All looks great - on a slight tangent but still community garden related - my mum has taken over a plot outside a local community centre (with the town council's permission) and over the last two years has created some fantastic beds from cuttings, divisions, freebies and seeds etc from her own garden with no help and very little cost.  She loves it and it looks so much better.  Only setback was the local water company who dug up half of one of the beds with no notice when doing some maintenance work!  All back to normal now though.

What veggies are you planning on growing 2013?

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 08:13

Thanks for the tip on round courgettes SueH.  Will consider my usual long type instead as space is at a bit of a premium.

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