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Narrow Border - Help please?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:39

Yes,,on the sunniest side plant lavendar. you can get small plants now.. pot them up to plant out later in spring.

a nice shrub or some research or visit garden centre now and then to see what you like.  Put some cheap annuals in for the summer too.

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:36

Pink pepper if you want to get rid of your pond then do it.  Don't let anyone give you a hard time because of if.  There is no law or rule that says you have to have a pond in your garden.  You have given good reasons why you don't want a pond.  A pond that's covered with a grill will simply smell....baaaad!  

drain your pond and drill holes to allow drainage. Maybe turn it into a raised bed,,a sandpit or anything you like.  If in the future you want a pond again remove the soil and use a liner.

meanwhile do what YOU want to do Pinkpepper

Repotting a mature hydrangea

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:28

Ah Dove has stolen my words!

the colour is important as it does reflect what type of compost you use.  In any case use a john Innes/soil based compost rwther than multi purpose compost.

Narrow Border - Help please?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:24

Either use that narrow border for climbers......espalier fruit trees, ornamental pla ts lo,e jasmine, honeysuckle........or extend it to 3'.  

A narrow border is hard...plants don't like it and don't thrive....and it looks awful,too.

i like grass.....nothing better to sit on, play on or to see.  If it's growing well keep it but can you accommodate a wider border and a lawn Paulie?

turfing right up to the sides is difficult to mow and maintain.  

Mind your own business

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:18

Supersue, how about gravel?  If it's too shady grass will struggle.  Or there are,loads of shade loving plants.

What fertiliser to use on my allotment?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 12:39

Bit late now for bulky matter ....besides green manure has already been used, hasn't it? 

I would use organic fertiliser blood and bone is ideal.  

in the autumn I would dig in manure .


Posted: 18/03/2015 at 12:35

Got to tell you guys Chris Beardshaw is only 4' tall and has to stand on a block to reach microphone.  

seedlings grew very tall!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 12:29

It does depend on how tall yoyr seedlings are frogslegs.  A picture will help.  All of us have probably had this problem so don't feel too bad.  I make allowances when I pot on by planting slightly deeper each time and they soon bush out.  However, if your seedlings really do look very tall and lanky I would renow a few more,  they will soon catch up


Posted: 18/03/2015 at 12:23

Hey, my rose will not be "lonely".  Certainly won't plant more but ....with customary arrogance () convinced it will look superb. have sorted out complementary neighbours.  All planted, mulched and sorted.   Some of her ashes scattered there....there will be a few places to do this.  My mum will approve I'm sure 

pretty warm work too, birds singing, sun shining and Spike lapping up the sunshine on back lawn.  So, it feels right 

Neighbours and overhanging plants

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 07:29

Peanuts, just something/someone to live with.  I wouldn't react at all.  I'm sure your neighbour is very nice in her own mind.  Enjoy your woodland garden down there 

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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