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what was the lovely white flower on Fridays's GW? Camassia?

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 21:53

oooohhh what was that lovely all white camassia approx 21 mins in

weed large leaves 18 inches ish and tiny blue flowers

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 14:51

My garden is riddled with it... several years ago a kindly relative  informed me it was comfrey.... i went about cutting it back and adding it to my compost at every opportunity thinking it would become super compost and do the garden no end of good!!   am still paying the price!

Which Cherry Tree

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 09:21

I would suggest contacting the Brogdlae Collection- National fruit collection. 

They have and sell many varieties of fruit tree including cherry. I bought two cherry trees there last year and the advice in helping me choose was excellent.

As you are planning  this to be sighted near the house, they have various varieties available on dwarf root stocks.


Magnolia container or kept under control?

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 19:24

Hi all,

I would love to  get a magnolia for my garden. However, having inherited a 30 ft bay tree against the house when i moved in, I am wary of trees that can get too big for their situation!

So, to my magnolia dilemma- i would like to plant a magnolia in my SW  facing front garden. it would be just a few feet from the front of the house, so will need to be either container grown or kept under control. Will this work? If i keep it pruned to shrub/ small tree, will I still get flowers? I would like to keep it in check and not let it get much more than 10 ft. 

I'm thinking about getting Magnolia Black Tulip, which according o the website that is selling it, can grow to 8 metres.

any advice would be gratefully received.

We're to buy JARDIN DE FRANCE cutters

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:48

most pages of their website are down.... doesn't look good Keeping my finger crossed for you Ryan2


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:43

i add citrus to my kitchen waste compost- so long as there's not too much it's not a problem. Citrus waste is only really an issue with wormeries, any average garden composter the worms can escape if they don't like what you add.

any compost should aim to be roughly (very roughly!) half and half brown- paper/ card/ twiggy waste and and green- grass/ leafy/ kitchen waste. i'm not too fussy, don't turn it and do OK. perhaps if I did turn it, it would rot quicker, but, to spread in autumn I'm happy to keep adding to it all year. when i use t there are usually a few bits that haven't rotted- pineapple heads in particular, so i just add them to the bottom of the new heap and chop them a bit with a spade. 

Thirtybyseven- my best advice is just to start composting- you will find in item which best suits you, your garden size and whatever waste/ garden material you have to add t it.

Good luck



Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:12

i have a couple of bought Dalek type composters as well as subsequently built pallet composter covered with old carpet.

I'm always delighted when i take the lid off the dalek to add more... it's swimming with worms and warm enough to be breaking down well. The self built with pallets etc has more capacity, is easier to empty, but not so easy to  build up layers of warmed up content.

Garden size does dictate though, use the wooden pallet bins for grass clippings mixed with paper, daleks for cuttings and kitchen waste.

rotavator/ riddler?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 08:42

many thanks for your comments

rotavator/ riddler?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 10:39


i once came across a rotavating tool, long pole with two lumpy wheel type things on the end, great for breaking up the surface of soil to a fine tilth. i thought it as called a riddler, but when i search for this I get garden compost sieves. have tried every search term i can think of but not found anything like it.... any ideas? would love to get one for my allotment- heavy clay!

overgrown trees

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 21:27

Many thanks for your comments... Will give Capel a call tomorrow!

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