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What to grow around a raised bed

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:18
You could surround the container with attractive large stones, small boulders, flints, pebbles - whatever you can dig out of your garden or find at the GC. This would hide most of the sides of the pond liner & you could then plant some of the trailing plants suggested above to trail over them. If you choose your stones carefully you might even be able to push compost into the spaces and grow the sort of plants which thrive in stone walls.
To finish it off I would top dress the pond liner with pebbles.
(It's a mini rockery really!)
Don't forget to make some drainage holes in the pond liner unless you want to grow bog plants.

How to grow sugar cane ?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 11:59

Poor Panda looks very hot

I love the dog in your picture wenjiangwater - he looks very friendly. 

Does he (or she) belong to you? What is his (or her) name?

I found this video about growing sugar cane - hope it helps

How to grow sugar cane ?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 09:22

Went to a talk by Bob Flowerdew - he grows sugar cane in his Norfolk garden as a small fun crop for his children (they chew the canes to extract the sweetness - same as chewing a grass stem).

He had some bits of cane for people to take away & give it a try themselves (I think you treat the pieces as root cuttings) but they'd all gone by the time I got to the front! I think it is quite easy to grow - but obviously not on commercial levels in the UK 

Edit: Of course he might be growing it in his greenhouse rather than outside!


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 19:44

GWRS - If the runners have rooted in the soil they can be severed from the parent plant and planted in their new home. I would do it anytime now (as long as the ground is not frosted) and just keep an eye on them.

I did mine about 2 weeks ago & they are doing fine - I have just had to give them an occasional watering as we have had no useful rain for nearly a month now and the beds are really getting quite dry. Oh the joys of gardening in the near desert of the Suffolk / Essex area - watering in March - I ask you! 

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 19:32

Oh I am soooo jealous. I am just itching to start sowing but dare not do so until we get back from hols - they would either be dried out or beyond the pricking out stage.

I have to keep reminding myself there is still a lot of time until summer & I don't usually sow too much before the end of March. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 22:12
Would your daughter enjoy making snap dragons (Antirrhinums) 'talk' Hyacinth? - they are fairly easy & make a nice display. Nicotiana are also easy & have a delicious scent in the evening.

Can You Help Identify?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:11


Can You Help Identify?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:10

Hi NG - I think you are correct with the first photo & the second one looks like a winter flowering honeysuckle. The third looks familiar but I can't bring it to mind just now. Sure somebody else will be able to help though!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 12:37

First couple of rounds of digging are always killers aren't they Fruitcake?

I too have that particular T-shirt.... 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 09:31
Yesterday planted a couple of euonymous (one variegated one not), hydrangea paniculata Limelight and pittosposporum tenufolium Silver Queen. Dug over & mulched a border, split & moved a couple of delpiniums, sprayed & mulched my box hedging which has box blight (big time).
Today I have a couple more shrubs & some pachysandra to put in.

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