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Shrubs for Planter

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 22:57

Thank you Kevindylan for some great suggestions,

Shrubs for Planter

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:14

Thanks Hogweed and Borderline.  Actually did want something dense.  Have a tall  hedge opposite as we live on a rural lane but do get nosey people walking past looking in and annoying our dog.  Plan to keep it at about 1m high to stop this happening.  Not ideal but don't know what else to do.

Shrubs for Planter

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 15:28

We have a window in our sitting room that goes almost to ground level, we think there used to be a door there many moons ago.  We only have a small path between us and the lane outside.  As you can imagine we don't have much privacy and have resorted to net curtains which I absolutely hate.  Anyway I have now decided that a wooden planter 1m long placed outside the window might solve the problem.  Does anyone have any suggestions for evergreen shrubs/hedging plants that might provide a year round screen whilst tolerating being grown in a planter 50 cm deep by 39 wide?  North west facing and a bit exposed. Thanks.



Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:30

Thanks Scroggin.  It had occurred to me, I keep meaning to do a bit more research on them.  I am off to GW Live next week so will see if there's some info and or products.


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 10:34

Thanks Villaverde, Yes I might put some on, I use the sheep wool type.  My only worry because it was a baby slug that I may have more babies emerging from the soil having done their damage already!  We have the bed covered with a mesh cover over a frame to keep any airborne thugs off but I didn't think about a slug problem too much! I have some carrots growing in the same bed so I should think they will be suffering the same fate, aargh!


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:01

I picked my first radishes yesterday, a bit late I know.  They are growing in a raised bed in soil that was bought in a bulk bag from a reputable nationwide company.  Every single radish I pulled has been eaten.  Two of them had the criminals responsible still clinging to them! One, a baby slug, the other a very small thin worm/centipede-like creature.  Is there any way of eradicating them from the bed?  I have deliberately kept this bed for root crops so am desperate not to have creatures eating the crop below the soil.  Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 22:44

Thanks Fairygirl.  Re. mice, fighting a bit of a losing battle there really, open fields on three sides of the garden and lots of nooks and crannies for them to hide under/in.  A couple of years ago we pulled back the black polythene covering the veg patch after winter to find a mum mouse and her babies, she quickly set about picking them up in her mouth and moving them, wouldn't have the heart to do anything with them - I'm my own worst enemy I know!

Given what you say about hardening them off I think that is a real possibility.  Also going to move them to a new spot this year.  They were in the lee of a beech hedge, although they were getting sun for most of the day I don't think the hedge was helping.

I might also try a wigwam in the main part of the garden to see if I have more success there.  Totally different conditions but might be what they need.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 12:09

Hi, I wonder if anyone has any ideas.  For the last couple of years I've planted out my sweet peas, admittedly a little later than ideal, but having planted them they seem to either being nipped at the base by, I assume mice or perhaps something soil living?  Those that don't get nipped seem to just stall and wither away.  I grow them on canes in a row, having dug well rotted manure in around the base of the canes.  I water them before and after planting and have been using the recycled wool slug deterrent around them.  I am not too sure what I am doing wrong.  I will be planting out my winter grown sweet peas shortly and have just bought a pest and wind barrier which I am thinking of using around to deter the mice.  Does anyone have any words of wisdom or thoughts on my predicament.  First and second year we lived here I grew sweet peas without too much thought or fuss and had a really good crop over a long season.  What am I doing wrong?

Raised bed root crops

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 08:38

Oh dear Green Magpie.  Wondering if it's going to be worth the effort but I am going to give them a go this year.  I will know not to waste too much time and precious space on them if they don't work out though.  I always find that I want to grow far more different veg. than I have space for so I need to be selective.  

Raised bed root crops

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 23:26

Thanks Green Magpie.  Never grown parsnips before, what are the problems I should be looking out for this year? I can't wait for the carrots this year.  Nothing like a freshly picked sweet carrot.

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