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Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 18:07

Jason, do you have a soil drainage issue?  Heavy soil?  

It seems to be the thing these days to have raised beds and so often I've seen them incorporated in areas where drainage is not remotely an issue.  The hype is you will have larger, tastier veg on a raised bed.  However, if you already have well drained soil you are simply going to have beds that will not hold onto moisture during the summer.  I am not a fan of raised beds unless in areas where flooding is a problem

a friend...a gullible convinced raised beds will produce better crops.  I tend her veg patch, know her soil and know her.  Her soil is absolutely suitable as it is.  She is "the grass is greener on the other side" type.  I refuse to support her on this.

I'm aware my views will be in the minority


Pampas grass

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:06

You said it keyser.... A bonsai.  The bigger version is a thug 

Astilbe Chinensis 'Purpurkerze'

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 11:58

The whole stem down to the base 

new flowers will come from the base in spring

Pampas grass

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 07:13

Agree with Ryan...nice to see you back again Ryan.

Daryl you will be able to remove pampas grass and I think you should get it out and plant sone thing you really want there

pampas simply grows and grows no matter how you "prune" it 


Posted: 10/02/2015 at 07:10

Sounds like you've tested yourself Edd. Sounds too like a place I've been....emotionally anyway.

think I understand your post.  Good luck 

still full of cold, soreness and, ok, man flu.  Worst thing is it's affecting my appetite . Not so cold but cloudy today.


Posted: 09/02/2015 at 18:59

Denise if you have the more common varieties ....check under the papery old,flower heads and look for a pair of buds.  Remove flower heads to these buds.  You can also remove the odd old stem to the ground.


Posted: 09/02/2015 at 18:56

Also, because all lavendars are short lived......although my lavendar hedge must be 15 years old........they are best replaced rwther than try to rejuvenate an old worn out clump

Astilbe Chinensis 'Purpurkerze'

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 18:54

Yes cut them down now

Shrubs and plants

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 12:21

I know Bosvigo well Busy.  The treat is early spring when hellebores are for sale

Shrubs and plants

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 11:28

Morning Cornwall 2

is it a sunny courtyard Garden?  Warm?  How small is small?  Can you post a picture?    

I think scented plants are a must though.....phlox, heliotrope, daphne, sarcoccoca, regal lilies, scented daffodils, hyacinths, jasmine and honeysuckles on the walls, choisya will give you an orange/ vanilla scent from the flowers but the foliage smells of bay and witch hazels, mock oranges and sweet peas.  

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