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Lavender - how to plant/space out so as to let plants thrive?!

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 00:19

Just done mine now. Always after flowering.  They grow quickly at this time...the foliage protecting the plants.

This year I used a hedgetrimmer...Well, got new one and had to use my new toy......and if has made short work of my lavender hedge.  It looks nice and level, thick and straight.  It will look good now throughout the rest of this year and into next spring.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 00:09

Mark, I know it sounds daunting but I would physically dig your plot.  Use a pick axe if you have to but break up that soil to at least 30 cm.  a rotovator is useful for the top few inches but I wouldn't use one in your situation.  Just take your time.  

Apart from my runner bean trench ...where I fill with compost....I dont dig.  It's been deeply dug in the past and I now simply add compost to the surface.  I'm suggesting you dig as a once for all treatment and then you can top dress annually 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 23:58

MrsG, will take pics of grasses.  Always forgetting.....I'm just a simple man!  Liked your conifer hedge.....brilliant imagination.  

Another canna opened a flower,today.  Bright yellow af a height of 7 or 8'.  A day in the garden at this time brings something new 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 16:58

Not long back from foodbank.  Channel 4 filming there again.  Hectic.  Trying to relax for few mins on the,forum.

It is hot again today.  Sun isn't going to go away too soon I think.

This irritating guy at the foodbank....boasting how good he is at everything...said he wants to grow bigger tomatoes than me.  So, I have advised him to sow seed now amd leave his plants outside over winter watering well every day.  Told him everyone can grow tomatoes week I will advise him about his house plants and how they will benefit from being left in a bucket of water one frosty night.  

I know, I know.....but he is such a pain!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 16:46's a butterfly mrs G.  .......I'll get my coat,,shall I?


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 16:44

I planted a clematis Montana over a Leylandii stump.  I left it at about 6' with as many spurs on its trunk as possible and encased it with trellis.  I also used 3 galvanised poles as a wigwam to ensure longevity.  Did this for a friend some 6 or 7 years ago and it looks wonderful.  No sign of any support or Leylandii.

When I have removed such conifers ....did this last year.....I mixed as much compost, manure and,top soil. (from my veg garden) as possible Imto the site.  At plantImg time I added generous quantities of fish look no bone.  This summer the new plantIngs have been fantastic loving the comditions.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 16:36

Lucky, brooms are quite short lived plants.....usually for me after 4 years or so they are leggy and no longer so attactive.  Cuttings are successful if taken in the late spring.

No, they will not survive being moved.  From the start I prune brooms hard back, not beyond green growth though, and maintain this hard pruning every year in an effort to keep them bushy for as long as possible. 

There are varieties that are more compact ....Lena, for example......but they all tend towards leggyness


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 12:08

Addict.....that's impressive!  You must have mighty biceps.  But, spot on with your advice


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 11:07

true but "new" young lupins are susceptible to cold until acclimatised.  Even down here in mild cornwall I have learned to leave young lupins in the greenhouse or under cover for a little while longer. this applies to lupins you have bought in.  Those you have divided, etc. and have been growing outside will happily survive the winter outside. I grow lupins galore and those already in the garden cope with anything and everything.

re re-flowering, some of mine are now flowering for the THIRD time.  an amazing summer!


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 10:57

tee hee hee hee...snigger, snigger snigger

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