Latest posts by Verdun

spring come to early

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 19:13

Bulbs that have flowered will not flower again this spring.  It will be a different look to spring I think.

those perennials not cut back and allowed to flower to this point .....many will have done....will not flower as well next summer I think.  They need a decent spell of resting and recovery to flower so profusely again.  

Wallflowers have some flowers but seem to be holding back just a tad with full blown flowers so I think they and stocks will give plenty of colour.  

Masses of crocus flowering now.......more than ever, unfortunately.  For me they are a weedy over rated "thing" 

cutting of an yucca

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 19:00

Fruit Cage

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 18:27

Fabric kills the soil Busy.   Not wildlife friendly/truly organic as birds are denied access to soil pests etc.  It prevents rotation of crops. A thick living mulch between rows is so much better on every count.

I have removed fabric on a number of occasions to reveal an awful looking wormless soil.  The plants growing through it mostly aged very quickly.  A turned over and forked in compost treatment has worked wonders 

we differ Busy!   But that's gardening 

Lawn Edging Options

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 18:19

Dave, out of flower a lavendar hedge looks great when "uniform".  when it flowers it becomes loose and flowing......lovely then of course.  When my lavendar hedge has fnished flowering I take great delight in cuttng with hedge and create a nice silver/green edge 

Fruit Cage

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 16:36

Not sure I totally get what you want Andy but I would remove that landscape fabric. it does nothing for the life or quality of the soil.  It must be pretty lifeless by now.  I HATE that landscape fabric with a vengeance......over used and over rated. I would then dig in plenty of compost, manure etc. and add an organic fertiliser.  

I would grow strawberries elsewhere this year and plant different fruit crops there 

cutting of an yucca

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 16:27

Philippa I think yuccas are better taken from thicker older wood.  

I would cut half of one main stem. Do it now.  Treat rather like aeonium or even pelargonium cutting. 

However, I admit to killing yuccas rather than propagating them

Lawn Edging Options

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 15:58

Made my own though madpenguin.   6" deep and 4" wide just below level of lawn 

cutting of an yucca

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 15:22

Pash, what do you want to do with it?  


Posted: 03/02/2016 at 15:20

Sorry Nut........

bottom line is we basically agree 

Lawn Edging Options

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 15:05

Dave I put in concrete edging a few years back.  Neat, permanent and blends in well. 

I really do not like any branded products for this purpose...over priced, brittle, sharp, odd looking, whatever. 

Plants themselves though can provide an edging.......a lavendar hedge on 2 parts of my veg patch prevent birds spoiling pathways. 

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