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Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 19:55

I've found this Qualcast edger really good to use, and have used it to create the edges for a new flower bed cut from my lawn, as well as edging around the patio. Having the little platform to stand and push on makes it so much easier (and safer) to use, for me at least.


Gardeners' Logic???

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:23

Since moving into our new house with lovely big garden last summer I've started seriously propagating for the first time  ( previous garden was v small so I didn't really bother as didn't want lots of repeatend plants). This year I've "created" from cuttings/division at least 5 penstemons, 3 fucshias, 8 sedums, 6 heucheras, 5 hebes, 5 rosemaries, 15 ajugas (need lots of ground cover!), and a couple of pelargoniums. I reckon they'd have cost me about £250 to buy as plants, so have told hubby I'm now deciding what to buy with the £250 I've created   . It's Gardeners' Logic, surely?


Hubby doesn't agree, however he also doesn't think much of my "shopping logic" which says that if something is reduced  from, say £40 to £10, I've spent £10 but saved £30, so I have "created" £10 which can be happily spent on something else 

Recording the weather in your garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 14:37

The earliest records held in the National Meteorological Archive are private weather diaries. The earliest original manuscript held there is for Rye in Sussex from 1730-1733!. They are used by researchers looking at trends etc. Significant ones are still sometimes donated to the Archive (I used to manage the National Meteorological Library and Archive  ) 

Talkback: Making plum vodka

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:13

I currently have 1.5 litres of plum vodka, 1.5 litres of blackberry vodka, and 1.5 litres of plum and blackberry vodka on the go. They all also have a couple of vanilla pods in, and some plum seeds.  Last year's sloe gin in also in the cupboard maturing nicely.

My friends and family are going to have a very Merry Christmas

another ID please!

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 21:36

seen in a friend's garden - I really like it, and want one (so need to know when to take cuttings etc ). They have two - one's abougt 3ft high, and the other is rather overgrown/leggy at about 7ft high.


major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:59
Well as it was sunny and warm I went for it and bought/used some wound heal too (which was suggested on a couple of sites). Salvaged about 5kilos of plums from the cut branches!
I think it's a Victoria Plum. I'll just have to thin the fruit even more next year (if it survives) as props are out of the question owing to rambunctious dogs!

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 22:56

But as I say the wood is already exposed where the branches are torn so I'm damned either way?

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:32
RHS site says silverleaf infectious spores are only active between Sept and May so we might be Ok Beaus Mum!

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:28
I think I'll have to have a go; there's some exposed wood anyway on the torn branches so spores could get in anyway. How close does a diseased tree have to be for spores to travel and infect a good tree?

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:52

HI all

My plum tree has fruited heavily this year, and (even though I thinned the fruit following advice on here) in the last spell of wet and windy weather a couple of the major branches (and several more minor ones) bent right over and nearly snapped, so they're now hanging vertically down. I left them on to see if the fruit would ripen, and it has. But now as we enter the second half of August I am thinking I really need to sort the tree out, sacrificing any remaining fruit if necessary.

So I'm after major pruning/cutting back advice. A couple of the branches which need cutting off are approx 1-1.5 inches thick. And several smaller ones, of 1/2 to 1 inch.

I know about the desireability of pruning in summer to avoid silver leaf. Should I wait until we have a couple of dry days forecast before removing the branches, to give them a chance to heal before it rains? (Will that make any difference?) Or is there something I can put on the raw cut ends to protect them?

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Gardeners' Logic???

propagating magic :) 
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another ID please!

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major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

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dicentra silly mistake

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clematis recommendation please

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another few ID's please!

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too many plums?

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cerinthe seeds, when to gather

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another ID please!

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another ID please!

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flowering climber suggestions please

to cover a stump 
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damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

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Where's Froggy? 4 frogs, can you spot them all?

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couple of plants for ID please!

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