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What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:33

Thanks bekkie - I try to move all veg round year on year but the plot is not so big so just might have been near the previous year's crop - how would this affect ? Louise

Is shop-bought compost classed as mulch?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:28

Hi JennyMc - yes Azaleas do tend to prefer more acid based soil, but generally unless your soil is very alkaline, they are fairly tolerant, you do not say how mature they are, but if they are of a reasonable age and have survived so far - so good.  I would not really say that shop bought compost is a mulch, Edd's suggestion is great if you can find some.  You can buy ericacious feed in liquid or granular form to give them boost.

As to the weeding, no quick fix I'm afraid, unless you have very invasive or difficult weeds, but that's a whole new topic !


What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:10

Summer sprouting Purple Broccoli - had a couple of good years with this - however this year - massive plants and virtually no sprouts !  Too much nitrogen ? They were sown and planted out this year.  Louise

Hello from North Yorkshire

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:53

Hello Mrs Nesbitt, hope you enjoy your garden and the forum. I live in N.Yorks too but in Wharfedale, I retired from working as a gardener last December  - everything was beginning to creak !  Now have my greenhouse all to myself.  I wonder if you are an experienced gardener or newcomer ?  I know the Whitby area quite well and do like it, but any northern garden faces its own challenges, especially with windy conditions.  I would suggest a little at a time and would recommend getting a greenhouse of some kind, even if it is only a small one.

I have found everyone on this site most helpful and knowledgeable - good luck


Ash Trees

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 19:12

Thanks for that - Dovefromabove reassuring news, and hope we don't see any further harm to  any of our trees.

I found your quote quite poignant for me - my late mother who always got a bit mixed up with this saying (and many things) had a more abbreviated version than yours but the same, so I have got two to go at ! We hope they are right

'Oak before Ash' summer sash !

'Ash before Oak' summer soak !

Best wishes - Louise


Ash Trees

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:15

I live in the Yorkshire dales and have noticed that some ash trees are still not properly in leaf.  Some have their full leaves, others a small showing and some struggling to put out a canopy at all

I know that some years ash trees are late but now we are in June ?  I wondered if anyone else hade noticed this in different parts of the country.  Just hope I am not creating  false alarm and hoping that the disease has not spread


p.s. sorry about the unseasonal photo - have tried everything in my power to amend in settings but will not have it !


Rhodo vs Azalea

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 12:13

Hi Mike, your clarification on Rhododendrons/Azales was most useful, thanks

Shady blooms from seed - Help!

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 17:25

Good luck Victoria - a few gardening probs here !  As Mike Allen say,s don't despair, there are usually some sort of remedies, even for difficult situations - but no quick fixes if you would like a good long term garden

Keep asking the questions - there are enough seasoned gardeners on here to help


Rhodo vs Azalea

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 17:09

Mmm could be entirely wrong - but thought Rhododendrons and Azaleas had been reclassified by the powers-that-be in the world of horticulture and now appear under the Rhododendron umbrella.  Hope I am not talking complete nonsense here, all clarifications welcomed

By the way, talking of such things, I wonder if anyone has been to the Himalayan Garden, Grewelthorpe, Masham, N. Yorks.  A small garden in progress with lakes only open to the public for about 6 weeks in spring, difficult to get the timing for blooms right but well worth a visit if in the area. 


Garden Wedding - Plants

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 16:53

Good luck !  As Rosie and  Dave Morgan say above - don't worry if you can't grow everything from seed.  Plants can be bought quite cheaply from garden centres for an instant display to fill any gaps.  Would suggest Anthemis punctata - the 'Daisy Plant' widely available, white looks great but you can get other colours too

I once did a whole pathway of them for a wedding in pots with just a few blue annuals in as well 

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