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Latest posts by Tootsietim

yew hedge

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 23:19

I don't like the idea of planting such large yew trees as they tend not to establish as well as smaller plants, as well as being far more expensive. 

As for spacing, at least two foot apart, so the individual plants have room to grow without competing.  ( Christopher Lloyd's father wrote a guide to yew hedges and recommended planting two foot apart and then as the hedge grew to remove alternate plants to leave four foot spacings. )  Smaller plants, 18 to 24 inches high will establish well and reach a six foot in about 4-5 years. 

If you type ' how to plant a yew hedge' in the search box above, you can watch a video by Monty Don on the subject.

Why can't I buy leaf mold from garden centers?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 22:57

A woodland garden in Norfolk used to sell small quantities of leaf mould.

I have often wondered what the councils do with the vast quantities of leaves that they collect each autumn. Many councils now compost household green waste so why not the leaves?

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 12:43

 Nice contrast in the garden this week.

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 12:22

 that didn't work.

What new plants will you be trying?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 20:48

Melianthus major, I have had an eye on for a couple of years and now have a south facing wall to plant it against. I admire its foliage at East Ruston Vicarage Gardens and know where I can get one.

Also I'm hoping to raise from seed, Baptisia australis, the false indigo, purely on the recommendation of Christopher Lloyd in his books. It looks a bit like a blue Lupin.

Stainless Steel

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 20:32

When I worked in Garden centres I found that cheaper s/s tools were terribly badly made, so you do have to be careful what you spend your money on.

I generally use my old (second and sometimes third hand ) carbon steel tools, and if the soil is too sticky I keep off it.

Having said that, I bought my daughter a children's size s/s steel spade and fork and they are brilliant to use and I wouldn't be without my s/s trowel.  ( the trowel is by CK and hideously expensive but I think justified).

Gardeners World taken off air

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 00:58

But St Andrew's is famous for its lawns, water features, all those sandpits for the kids to play in....

Holly leaves

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 00:49

I have been using mine to keep cats off the Nepeta when it first comes into growth and used to use it to protect peas from mice.

The mind boggles

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 00:47

Not veg related, but a few years back we stopped at a garage on a hot day to get some drinks. I as usual had milk (cheap and UK produced ) my wife bought the cheapest still water they had, ( still dearer than my milk ) and it came from CANADA.

I do admit to buying a lot of dutch strawberries this year as so far they have been much tastier than the local Norfolk ones. But mine are now ready, and they are better.

bees nest

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 00:29

For the third year in succession I have a nest of tree bumblebees under the tiles of my Bungalow roof.  They are often described as aggressive if their nest is attacked, but I have had no bother with them at all.  Three years ago I planted my whole front plot (4m x 4m) with a green manure called Phacelia tanacetifolia and allowed it to flower. It attracted 7 species of bee and in numbers of up to 100 per square metre.

The only drawback was that it seeded everywhere and is still coming up this year, so I am now much more restrictive in where I let it grow.  Brilliant plant for bees.

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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