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Screening neighbour's ugly extension

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:59

Hi, has anybody got some sensible suggestions for screening an ugly extension that our neighbours are having built at the moment?  Because of the strange setup of our garden, the extension is really imposing on our garden and we have totally lost all privacy (so much for trying to be a good neighbour and not raising any objections, how naive were we!).  Anyway we are looking for some screening ideas without falling foul of the Hedges Act, as much as I would like to stick the biggest row of leylandii in.  Any suggestions gratefully received.

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 23:51

Thanks Hostafan1.  T & M just say that can be grown outside when frosts have finished or preferably in the polytunnel or greenhouse.  I plan to grow them in the polytunnel to provide them with the necessary heat but my soil in the beds just would not be up to the job hence the potato bags.  I have seen many people growing them in potato sacks successfully in the States but none of them say how many they have put in each one.  I think I will probably just go with one or two per bag and see how we go.

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:52

Has anyone grown sweet potatoes in potato growing bags?  I have bought some bags that are 35cm x 45cm and can't decide whether to plant two or three plants per bag.  The plants have just arrived in plug form and will need to go in within the next day or two.  Any advice gratefully received.

Feeding bulbs

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 08:19

Many thanks for your help Bilje and Mike much appreciated.

Feeding bulbs

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 11:57

My bulbs are flowering beautifully in their pots.  Should I be feeding them at all to ensure that they come back next year or do I leave it to Mother Nature.  I am unsure about tulips in particular because I have often read or heard people say that it is not worth trying to get more than one year out of tulips which has always seemed an awful waste to me.  Is it possible by feeding and looking after them properly through the winter to get them to flower next year?  Any advice would be gratefully received.

Spring Bulbs?!!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 23:42

Back at the beginning of February I posted a question asking whether it was worth planting up some bulbs that I hadn't managed to plant last autumn.  As usual everybody was really helpful and encouraging and as suggested I planted the bulbs up and gave them a chance.  Well I am really pleased to report that I have had a fantastic display.  The only bulbs that weren't quite as good as the others were the dwarf iris, I had two flowers but the other dozen or so bulbs just put up leaves.  I am absolutely chuffed and so glad for all the advice I was given so thank you everyone that replied to my post I am so grateful.  I'd post a pic if I could work out how to do it!

Spring Bulbs?!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 09:32

Wouldn't that be pretty Nutcutlet, you can but hope!


Spring Bulbs?!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 09:11

Thanks everyone.  I'm so glad I'm not the only one Tracey-Newbie.  It's blowing a gale at the moment (but then I do live on top of a hill!) and keeps raining on and off.  Thinking if the wind drops a bit I might go and take some compost and pots and plant up some bulbs in the polytunnel, at least I'll stay dry which isn't easy at the moment is it?  At least by planting them up it gives them all a fighting chance doesn't it.  I'm feeling like I don't deserve any flowers this year since I neglected them but you never know for next year.  

Spring Bulbs?!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 08:15

Am I the only person who buys bulbs in September fully intending to plant them up immediately and then doesn't get round to it - there is always a good reason, this year's is that the builders arrived and took over the garden with all their materials and equipment!

The thing is what can I do with the bulbs.  Some have started to shot, the vast majority of them look and feel healthy and I am loath to just throw them away.  Has anyone else been in this situation and managed to retrieve something?  Any help and suggestions would be gratefully received.  Please don't tell me off for not planting them, I know I have been very bad and I am feeling suitably guilty!!


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 22:21

Thanks Stacey and Fairygirl.  I must admit I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with ivy having been at the mercy of its distructive ways on more than one occasion!  I had not thought about climbing hydrangeas but Petiolaris does look really nice, does it have thuggish tendancies though? Also does it self climb or does it need wires?  I'm definitely going to investigate these as a possibility though so thanks very much for your suggestions.

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