Alina W

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compost and earth

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:41

Compost has to be rotted down before it's dug into the ground, yes.

The same is true of weeds and grass cuttings. All things take nitrogen out of the soil as they break down and produce heat, neither of which would help plants grow.

With clay soil you also need to add grit to help break it up - buy from a builders' merchant as it's much cheaper.

Where to plant a Fig?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:34

That's probably your best bet, then. If it doesn't work you can always put it back in a pot and put it somewhere that it likes better.

Where to plant a Fig?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 12:57

Your fig wants the warmest, most sheltered spot that you have. You say that the south wall is shaded - is that all of the time, or just for part of the day?

watering garden with water from a shower

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 12:42

It's definitely not an idea to store grey water - it can reek to high heaven quite quickly.


Posted: 29/05/2012 at 12:41

Yes, you can re-pot it now if it needs it, it'll do it good.

As for the second acer - it may have been hungry, so make sure that it gets a good nitrogen-rich feed this year.

The other possibility may have been that it didn't get enough light for some reason - has something grown enough to cast a very heavy shadow on it, perhaps?

Willow tree

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 12:37

Have you kept watering it? You need to water it as though it were in a pot throughout this summer, until the roots expand into the soil and can support it.

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 12:35

No, you're fine taking them now, but you will find that they want to flower rather than root. Keep nipping them out and you will get roots eventually.

Is my newly planted Quercus Ilex dying?

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 22:19

Really, it's whether it has a reasonably thick trunk - an inch or two - or is just a bunch of thin twigs. The thicker the wood, the better the chance. How long - that's really difficult to say, but it should start producing fresh shoots this summer. Don't give up on it until next spring, though - plants can often surprise you.

Is my newly planted Quercus Ilex dying?

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:48

Keep it watered and hope. The problem is, your tree needed to be treated as though it was in a pot and watered daily when hot. If it is a reasonable size, it should have the capacity to recover.

Spring onion looking garlic

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 17:16

Yes, you should still thin them out. If you don't the plants will be competing for food and water and will stay very small.

You can eat the thinnings.

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