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new Echinacea plant

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 19:13

Victoria, don't worry.  It's normal.  I have a couple of dozen or more echinaceas and all,look dead.  In 3 or 4 weeks or less new shoots will appear.  Magnus is a good reliable older variety with good vigour

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 14:14

I resemble that remark doc 


(the spark in my soul is ignited by a little mischief now and then Punkdoc)

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 14:07

Steve, when you're sweating in the  hot sun trimming all that box and when you're struggling to prevent those box roots getting into your veg rows you will see my wisdom .....  

Seriously though.  (Well, I was serious anyway really) I reckon my veg plot looks a darn sight better with large healthy produce than it would do with 30% or more of it occupied by box.

think seriously Steve.

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:54

Cold blood?  Midsomer murders?  

Spent Mushroom Compost

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:52

Ally, I think most salad crops will be fine.  You applied in early autumn and much of that lime ...even impurities......will have been washed out.  

For sowings now though I would cultivate the mushroom compost into the top soil by "scratching" a few times to mix it.  It helps break down any lumps.  You can remove any chalk lumps you see too at this time 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:47

Pottie, I break rules constantly.  I split gigantea according to my whim/impatience but I suggest you wait a further 3 weeks or so before you divide.  Soil is warming quite quickly and grass roots usually respond better to warm reconditions.  The only loss I experienced was one year during the winter when I impulsively removed gigantea and divided.  It was a very wet winter and I knew it was foolhardy.  so, spring division but not too late! 

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:36

Ok folks!  How many of you really want box hedging like this in their gardens?  Honestly now?  

I remember being part of a discussion involving a sensitive subject.  So many politically acceptable views until I voiced a profound disagreement.  I was applauded by both mentors and discussion members.  

There IS a disease affecting box now that is spreading fast.  Nature telling us something?  

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:27

Steve, get rid of that box hedging.  Too contrived, too much space occupied, too much maintenance, takes nutrients from the soil and generally looks silly 

these hedging systems belong to an era where labour was plentiful and cheap and when such whimsical ideas were for show rather than anything else. 

As for adding to the value of your property I think the opposite is true.  

There is a large estate garden not far from me.  collections of all sorts of plants, including ceanothus (some were in the process of dying off) lavendar and others .  The owner expressed frustration  at the increasingly poor display and the "datedness of it all.  For me  a far more beautiful natural garden could replace this contrived ...not natural....horrorshow.  

Nothing like a a veg patch that is open, easily cultivated and practical. 


Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:50

My sentiments too Tootsietim.   Of course raised beds for disabled, poor sighted or other impairment or because of otherwise poor growing conditions are necessary.  But there is a growing hype about raised beds that has become silly

Does no digging work?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 08:45

No dig works well for me.  Modestly I think I produce pretty good veg etc so it works.  Just make sure soil is generously top dressed as often as possible

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