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Posted: 03/08/2015 at 23:22

Dont fret about it hosta.  I have a feeling most of us are quite happy to mention and share these things

pruning my new yew hedge

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 22:03

There is a lot of conflicting info on pruning anyway.....a lot of it is logical I think

for me a young plant, yew or whatever, is best " pruned" when young. it creates a bushy plant from the very start.  It initiates more branches.  Then an annual or twice annual pruning.  Your hedge will get to your required height just as quickly.

for a hedge too prune so that the top is narrower than the base. It looks better, is healthier and enables light to the bottom to keep it dense.

carex everest

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 21:55

Cathy, not a variety I grow but I do grow a number of carex.

you can divide it now if you wish.......cut it in half with a serrated knife or saw. water well when replanting. 

you will have 2 good size clumps. next spring you will have the confidence to divide again if you wish but I would advise against small pieces.

Runner beans

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 21:47

Beat me to it Nurse.  A thick mulch is important to stabilise the moisture content in that barrel.

i grow white flowered beans too....however, in my case it is because of flavour. the best stringless beans are white flowered in my opinion

over watering in spring can rot beans.  However, during summer a good soaking once a week....for me essential to a bumper crop 

Mildew problems

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 21:41

Rachel your soil is prob hungry and impoverished and dry. you may water every day...not sensible to do that really. A sloping border is free draining...not great for scabious.

check out your hardy geraniums......different varieties require different comditions.  Some will thrive on a slope or dry soil; others need moisture.  Always assess your plants' individual needs before planting

for me,,the best solution to mildew is enriching the soil....get some good moisture holding material into your soil

lift your scabious in autumn and put compost into the planting hole. a thick mulch in spring,,following a good watering, helps too.

mildew is a result of plants stressed by drying out. another solution is to grow plants that enjoy dry conditions.....and there are plenty of those

pruning my new yew hedge

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 21:30

No lee.  Yew is tough.  For a quick regrowth I would do it asap 


Posted: 03/08/2015 at 21:27

Their loss if they don't invite you Hosta.  You sound a top notch guy. well done on your 20 years together. 

Winter, I agree.  Sadly a good deed is rarely appreciated so disappointment often results.  Expect nothing in return but when a kindness does come your way it is a pleasant bonus. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 21:19

Good for me right now Runny.  Helps me relax whilst I sort stuff.  Not into annuals so a pretty low maintenance garden but enough to occupy me 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 20:41

Runny, that area is  about 100 sq yards. A veg patch behind is prob same area. An ornamental area behind. A fruit area,,a small greenhouse and then  another ornamental area of about 150 sq yards

Garden is in two parts..front and back each about same size. so front area is prob 400 sq yards 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 20:21

Praise indeed from you Busy...thanks 

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