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Hedge recommendations

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 09:18

you could put some fast growing climbers over a fence, a mix of different clematis's and honeysuckles will give new nesting places in a couple of years and the honeysuckles will give berries for the birds to eat in autumn, plus they're a lot prettier than privet and a lot less maintenance!

Invasive grass around pond margin

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 13:41

if it has rooted through the liner the liner will be leaking and need replacing anyway, despite the cost I would rip out over winter and start again.

Chocolate cosmos problem

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 10:03

it looks like either over or under watering. I would bet on under watering.

I wouldn't grow anything too close to them either as they'll take the water and nutirnets away from the cosmos.

Help! whats wrong with my privet hedge??

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 09:16

looks like it might be a fungal complaint?

C-h-e-a-p K-i-t-c-h-e-n-s Halifax

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 09:15


Leaf mulch in dalek bin

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 09:14

I just pile mine in a corner and leave them too it (no pun intended) they rot down primarily due to fungi action so need to be kept damp and undisturbed, oxygen is no problem as the fungi mycelium can get to air on the edge of the pile and if you keep turning them you can kill the fungi off.

Oak leaves are fairly tough so they will take a long time to break down so mixing grass clippings in when you make the pile might kick start the fungi

Gooseberry bushes

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 14:15

please do not use jeyes fluid, it is NOT a plant wash, insecticide, soil sterilizer or anything other than a glass/plant pot sterilizer (and I wouldn't use it for that anyway when you can use washing up liquid as effectively).


Posted: 14/10/2016 at 14:13

I would recommend the best one you can afford, however with greenhouses best = very expensive.

you could also have a look at polytunnels, which in my opinion are almost as good as a greenhouse and a lot cheaper.

New GW...??

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 14:14

some hard landscaping projects would be good,

it would be nice to see a garden being created from a grassy field to an established garden (even if it does take a few years) showing pathways, patios, walls, fences, raised beds, arbours, sheds, greenhouse/polytunnels all being built as well as the planting side - including the planning that needs to go into a bed. 

planting a woodland area

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 13:08

I'd be more worried about the sloe thorns than the euphorbias, I've had blood poisoning twice thanks to sloes.

an 'enhanced' British woodland might look good, keep 80-85% native plants (snowdrops, Solomon's seal, wild strawberry, various violets, aconites, primrose, lent lilies, anemones, bluebell, wild garlic, lily of the valley, and red campion)  and enhance with hosta's, non-native ferns (tree ferns work well- but are really expensive), trilliums, brunnera's, hellebores, dodecathons etc.

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