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Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:50

Susan, but Chris Beardshaw also has BO.  

Repotting a mature hydrangea

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:43

So Ann, just get john Innes number 3.  Perfect 

Unwanted pond!

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:42

Cleaning an unused pond is an unpleasant job. I think Pinkpepper is simply looking for a garden suitable for his young family and does NOT want a pond

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.  

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