Latest posts by smallswan

Soft fruit

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 14:42
Thanks Verdun: a use for ericaceous compost at last (I am not a heather/azalea/rhododendron person).
And thanks Steve 309: a use for the wood ash.

Soft fruit

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 12:12
Never tried blueberries: I read another thread which seemed to warn that they are not self pollinating? Why pots please? Gooseberries aren't very popular in this house, but I'll give it a go!

Soft fruit

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 09:58
Thanks. I thought perhaps blackcurrants, raspberries (summer and autumn), redcurrents for jelly, and maybe a tame Blackberry? Are the cultivated ones ccontrollable please?

Soft fruit

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 20:53
I have inherited a nicely built hen run which I want to convert into a fruit cage (3.5m x 5 m.) It hasn't had hens in it for three years. Is the soil likely to need extra feeding, and how can I test for fertility? I don't want to over feed as I am told (correct?) that soft fruit doesn't like the soil too rich. Thanks.

Taking cuttings

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 12:47
Thanks for your help obelixx. Does 'free draining' just mean compost with some sand added? or is it a different kind of compost?

Taking cuttings

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 09:38
Is this the right time of year to take cuttings from e.g. bay, ceanothus, euonymus? And how should I overwinter them? I know: basic stuff for many of you old hands but this seemed like the best place to ask!


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 21:06
Thanks very much: SBK sounds like a good solution. We will try that. Now for the pampas ... OH quite pleased at the thought of some mild pyromania.


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 12:26
Thanks Verdun: I figured that there probably isn't a short cut, but a fire sounds like a good plan. The problem with a trench is that the trunk is taking up most of a raised bed with a stone wall round it, and I fear that digging will destroy the wall. OH has applied his chain saw to the trunks, so at least it's now 9 inches high rather than 6 feet. Back to work ...


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 10:50
We have just moved and inherited a neglected garden with lots of potential. There are several poorly positioned plants we want to get rid of. How do we get rid of yucca roots? There was a multi trunked specimen in a small raised bed so taking a digger to it is not practical. Is there a chemical cosh we can apply? Any advice would be much appreciated. And then there's the pampas grass to deal with: it is sad that we will have to spend a lot of time and energy getting rid of things before we can start real gardening.

Talkback: 10 agapanthus to grow

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 16:28
But be careful to protect them from frost, and don't let them get waterlogged: my white one rotted very quickly last spring.

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Can anyone identify this plant please?

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Soft fruit

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Taking cuttings

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How to get rid of roots 
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Moving plants

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Do you know what this pretty plant is?

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