Alina W


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Talkback: Plants - planting an acer in a pot

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 13:13

It will be much happier in a bigger pot, so yes, transplant it.

A shady position sounds ideal; just make sure that it doesn't get the sun at midday and obviously, keep it damp.

filling in the garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:58

Don't compact all the stone, or you'll create a pan that will hold the water and make it flood. Leave channels in the stone so the water can drain away.

Ads blocking the task bar

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:44

If your text is 100% them things should line up properly, so it's probably a glitch.

Adblocker is a program that you can download which removes the adverts from your page if you find them annoying.

prunning

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:41

You can hard prune it to about 18" from the ground but you will lose about three years' worth of flowers.

Alternatively, cut out 1/3 of the branches to about 12" from the ground every year for the next three years. That way you will rejuvenate the bush in three years but retain some flowers throughout.

filling in the garden

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 16:07

You wouldn't flood the neighbours' gardens by raising yours, no.

If you are going to raise it with rubble, make sure that there is at least 8-12 inches of soil before the turf. If you don't, your lawn will struggle to get enough moisture in dry spells and look patchy at others.

Talkback: Tomato blight

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 15:59
Italophile wrote (see)

Why doesn't this site's link function work?

Cut and paste the links into your browser if you're interested.

To make the links work:

Paste the Link into your message

Highlight it

A link sign will light up above where you are typing immediately to the right of the smiley. Click on it

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The link now works in your message - but don't ask me why it's so complicated!

Ads blocking the task bar

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 15:39

It might also be to do with the size of text that you are using - if you increase the size of the text, it can make things misalign.

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Rhododendron bugs

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 15:37

They're scale insect. They suck sap and excrete sugar, and this drips onto the top of the leaves and mould grows on it, hence the black leaves.

Spray with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer, making sure that you wet the underside of the leaves, and that will kill the scale insect. You can then wash the leaves after a couple of weeks to get rid of the mould.

If the insects appear again, spray again until they're gone.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 14:19

Bright sunshine here today - can hardly cope!

Grass to be cut, fuchsias to be potted on, sweet peas tied back up, weeds to winkle out - busy day ahead!

delphinium

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 14:17

Foxglove seeds are sown on the surface.

Delphinium - not much you can do with the snapped piece, I don't think, but it will produce more spikes to take its place.

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