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What should I plant out the front

Question from Kirsty Palman

I've cleared a large patch in my small front garden and would like some ideas of what to plant. I do have a wisteria which will climb up so that will be against the wall

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  • Posted: Mon. 1st June 2020 10:41

What to grow in dry outdoor pot.

Question from Sarah Price

Hello. I have an outside terracotta pot which gets very dry (8" high 5" across the top). See photo. Any suggestions what I can grow in it. Many thanks.

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  • Posted: Sat. 25th April 2020 12:28

What Plant Would Grow in Dry Pot

Question from Sarah Price

Hello - I have a terracotta pot which dries out very easily (see photo). It is 8 inches high and 5 inches diameter across the top. Can someone please suggest what would grow well in it. Many thanks.

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  • Posted: Sat. 25th April 2020 12:25

Plant Label Printers - to print white on black labels

Question from Brenda Moody

Advice on what to buy? I have black plastic plant label stakes and want to print labels white on black for the garden plants. I see Brother do one GL-H105 but cant see that they do white on black labels. Ive tried permanent markers but they don't last. What do others use?

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  • Posted: Sun. 17th February 2019 10:22
  • Last reply: Mon. 18th February 2019 12:51

Strulch to use or not - definitely yes

General post from Gill Greetham

In July 2014 I posted asking for any views on Strulch. To cut a long story short, well I eventually bought some last spring and having used it for nearly a year thought it relevant to report back for anyone interested or considering buying this product.
It is very briefly - a light and easy to use garden mulch made from wheat straw for organic gardening. A patented process is used to ‘preserve’ the straw so that it lasts for up to two years and gives an earthy brown colour. Strulch has a neutral pH and can be used throughout the garden on borders, raised beds, around cultivated fruit and on vegetable plots.
It is really rather good and does everything it says it does, keeps weeds down and deters snails and slugs, feeds the soil under it, retains moisture in the dry spells. it isn't cheap but that said it isn't expensive if you weigh up the pros and cons including the fact it lasts at least two years. It works out as follows - 25 x 150 litre bags will cover up to 110 square metres.
Price per bag: £8.88
Weight per bag: 13.5kg
Please understand I have no financial or corporate interest in this company this is just a review from one amateur gardener to this group.

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  • Posted: Thu. 18th February 2016 20:27
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Algae removal from fence

Question from meadowland

would like to know how to remove algae from a recently painted fence and when to do this please.

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  • Posted: Wed. 21st January 2015 10:43
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glass test tubes

Question from Gill Greetham

Anyone know where I can source some glass test tubes ideally about 20mm wide for the purpose of propogating cuttings, tried ebay but not the right size...any help would b appreciated. Thanks in advance

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  • Posted: Sat. 9th August 2014 13:02
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Advice on Phormium please

Question from Gitana

Hello. I'm looking for upright habit and manageable size (about 1m high) variety of Phormium to plant on the 60cm wide border along the fence to accompany bamboos on the other side. It is confusing as different websites seems to be giving different spread/height information about the same Phormium varieties. Would be grateful if someone could advice which Phormium suits best for this.


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  • Posted: Mon. 16th June 2014 11:04
  • Last reply: Fri. 27th June 2014 11:31

Saving Plan

Question from Tina

having spent all afternoon planning my garden Tried to save says can't save with token provided. Never had a problem before. Can anyone help please don't want to loose all my hard work

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  • Posted: Sat. 25th January 2014 16:20
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should I cut back my clematis?

Question from Naz Goddard

I have heard that you should cut back a clematis at the base in the autumn. This will create a stronger and more prolific growth next year. I usually do nothing.

What is the best advice please?

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  • Posted: Fri. 15th November 2013 08:00
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