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green manure

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:28

Hi - I wanted to keep a raised bed free of weeds over the winter so I bought one 50g packet of Winter Mix green manure seeds from Sow Seeds and they're great!  The foliage is about a foot high and very healthy, not a single weed spotted. I plan to leave it there all winter then chop it down, leave it to wilt and fork it in in Spring, ready for planting. This is my first year using it and it seems so far like a great idea  

Clematis & Jasmine

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:39


Hope someone can help...

I have a couple of summer flowering clematis and jasmine in troughs and would like to cut them down now to install some lights in the trellises they grow on to.  Is this a terrible idea?  I can mulch them, protect them with fleece and keep them happy over the winter but I'd really like to know if cutting them right back will be disastrous!

Thank you


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 19:11

Thanks both!  I will post a pic tomorrow.  These ones are supposed to be fine in the sun, and the other four plants are doing ok.  Hmm.  Pic will follow...


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 17:25


My lovely Heuchera Marmalade are thriving in a sunny spot but one plant has brown spots all over the leaves.  Anyone any idea what it might be?


Garden Sitcom Name.

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:43

Roots (though that's taken)

Mulch Ado About Nothing?

Barrow Boys?

Postcards from the Edging?

...whatever, the heroine should be called Vermiculite Jones, I reckon.  I'm off for a lie down, clearly it's late.  Or early.


Climbing/trailing plant suggestions - to cover wall

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:36

Golden creeping jenny and trailing heucherella look great but I've no idea how they would fare in a coastal garden, sorry!  What about fleabane?

Vinca to spare

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:11

HI Fairygirl, thanks so much for the input  I've moved some so far to some railing planters so they can trail to their heart's content, but I still have around two dozen to think about.  Might wait and see how this lot do and then decide, but still happy to hear from anyone!  The walls in the garden are the original farm walls, some of them dating back more than a couple hundred years and although repaired and rebuilt in places, I still think it might be vulnerable.  It really comes down to how pushy the roots are!

Again, though, ta for your thoughts - much appreciated

Vinca to spare

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 11:51


I hope someone out there can help!  I have a couple dozen vinca minor gertrude jekyll which are doing very well as ground cover but the bed they're in is going back to being a lawn (eventually) so I need to re-home them.

The only spot I can find is along the top of a wall but I'm concerned that as they put down little roots, they might worm their way into the mortar or little gaps and do long-term damage.  I don't want to end up having to re-point the wall!

If I do plant them in this site as ground cover along the top and trailing down the front, does anyone know if their roots will do any kind of damage or if it'll just trail in a friendly, inexpensive way?!

Thanks in advance!


Posted: 01/09/2014 at 14:57

Thanks for the advice!  Fast good, slow bad.  I will remember.  Happy to let it eat spiders and slugs, next time I see a tail up, I'll give it some space to calm down!  Appreciate your help, very much.


Posted: 31/08/2014 at 11:22

Thanks for that.  It says it can fly!  If it had taken off, I think I would have too   Now to figure out if I need to do anything about it...

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Discussions started by Tanty

Clematis & Jasmine

When to cut down 
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Bits in the Marmalade... 
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Vinca to spare

Moving Vinca Minor Gertrude Jekyll to a new home 
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Last Post: 06/09/2014 at 15:11


evil looking thing... 
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Last Post: 01/09/2014 at 14:59


Brown patches 
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Last Post: 09/08/2014 at 18:05

Something is very hungry. And very fussy

Plants being munched into oblivion... 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 02:09


Something is shredding the leaves... 
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Last Post: 01/08/2014 at 22:09

Creeping ground-cver

Need to turn a muddy path into a pretty carpet... 
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Last Post: 21/07/2014 at 20:36

Help! What is this?

Mystery plant needs identified 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 17:41

Sweet Pea seedlings

Not sure they're meant to grow this fast... 
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Last Post: 20/03/2014 at 14:07


Something weird is growing in my garden! 
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