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Tim Burr

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Talkback: Diarmuid Gavin's Chelsea garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 11:35
I was amazed by how big Mr Gavin's "garden" was - the pics on the TV didn't do it justice. It was enormous. And it also highlighted what can be done with a bit of imagination, some compost and some plants, in pots and containers, 100 foot off the ground. I often think how little imagination some of us Brits have when it comes to high rise living, wheras on the continent, if you walk or drive past a high rise block of flats or apartments, practically every balcony has a pot of something growing in it, even if its just a geranium. If only some of all these new modern city developments that have become so predominant in all our city's and towns took inspiration from Mr Gavin's garden, the world would be a much greener and pleasant place. Perhaps the developers of city apartment blocks should be made to install window boxes and provide at least on plant, a a bag of compost to all new residents to get them going.

Indoor Yucca with brown tips

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 11:20
I have a large Yucca in my conservatory which has developed brown tips, I think probably cause it has suffered from underwatering becuase its grown too big for its pot and the water just runs staright thru'. I am now repotting it, but want to give it a bit of a make over by removing the brown tips on the leaves. Is it enough to simpy snip off the ends of the leaves (to make a new pointed tip), and will the leaves be OK (ie, not die back further).

Ants and Aphids

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 15:36
Place some of those ant traps around base of tree. Kills the ants, no aphid problem. I find the ready made ant traps work best, not the ones that you have to remember to fill yourself. I place my ant traps all around the garden in April, and no longer have a problem. I used to have horrendous problems with ants setting up home in the lawn.


Posted: 26/05/2012 at 08:19
Just remember that Ceanothus does not sprout new growth from old wood, so if in pruning hard back you think it will re-invigorate it, you will end up with lots of open gaps in the hedge. I often use a hedge trimmer on my Ceanothus once flowering is over, but I only ever trim fresh green growth - I never go into old wood.


Posted: 15/05/2012 at 13:56

Call me a killjoy but isn't it a bit selfish to order things when its apparant from comments on here that people's gardens are already full. These offers are limited, so why can't those people who have a garden full of plants already leave these offers so somebody who is just starting out has more chance of being able to get them.  I wonder how many of these free plants end up just being recycled in the green waste because the recipient can't find a place to put them so they are simply left to wilt and die.  And think about the carbon output in growing and transporting them only to end up on a compost heap.

Broadcasting poppy seeds into the border

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 17:08

Ok - I've done it.  2,000 poppy sides in palm of hand and scattered them with abandon around the borders.  Lord knows where they have landed - but good shower of rain will hopefully get them going.  Quite excited now with the anticipation of what its going to look like.

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:34
I catch lilly beetles with a spring loaded meash infusor (used for infusing tea leaves) which I hold open over the lilly beetle and then snap shut. Before it knows what's happening, I've captured it. I gently pull the meash infuser away, letting go a little bit of a grip so as not to damage the lilly leaf, and then put the meash infusor with contained beetle into hot water to kill it. Totally organic (no chemicals), and mildly satisfying!


Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:24

I didn't think "small" and "gunnera" could appear in the same sentance together. 

I tried the same ploy with a bamboo last year to try and contain its spread by putting it in a very large pot, and then sinking that in the ground.  Bamboo hasn't liked it at all - think the problem came in the winter and early Spring because didn't feel inclined to water it because the grouond seemed wet enough, however, not enough rain was getting into the pot.  I'm going to dig it up and put straight into the ground but in another bit of the garden that can withstand the spread.  The bamboo is also more of clumping kind and spreads slowly so may be several years (hopefully) that will need to be controlled.

Broadcasting poppy seeds into the border

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:08
Watched GW the other week and saw Monty Don simply broadcasting last years poppy seeds into the borders. No preperation (other than the mulch he put down early in the season) and seeds werent covered. Just left to get on with it. Does this really work? Im thinking of pacing down to my garden centre to get a packet of seeds.....


Posted: 13/05/2012 at 06:43
Welshonion - I leave a tub of food out everynight, made up of mealworms, peanuts and a special organic hedgehog food I get from my garden centre. I leave it in a little hedgehog house to keep the rain (and the slugs) off. Its always gone by morning. I dont think my hedgehog likes slugs! Before I had the hedgehog house, the food would be atracked by slugs going after the mealworms. Hedgehogs were right put off by them slding over their food. And I understand slugs and snails arent good for hedgehogs as they carry lung worm.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Bamboo in trough

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Too late for a Chelsea Chop?

Season is 3/4 weeks behind so really, we're still in May, right? 
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....never seen anything like this before 
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......made good (or bad) 
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Flaming Weeds!

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Crown Imperials

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Too cold to relocate perennials?

Cold days and freezing nights 
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