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Nasturtiums

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 15:00

Yes on both counts.

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:15

It's 18" across and as deep, Bookertoo - I have to try and keep the size down as I really have no room. It does get pruned to keep it in shape, and moved regularly to stop it rooting into the ground beneath (I had a twisted willow do that once - guess I should have been suspicious when it put on a spurt of growth!) My main problem is that it keeps getting oak gall, probaby from the mature oaks nearby.

Can you give me some advice on Passion Flowers?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:05

Is your passion flower in the ground or a tub? If it's in a tub, might it have got too dry?

Hyacinth Bulbs

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:46

They should really flower in their first year, I've found. Are you planting them deep enough? They should have at least twice the bulb's own height of soil above them - it doesn't matter that you're covering the leaves.

I agree that feeding is a good idea - any general purpose fertilizer will do as long as it's watered on.

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:05

I have an oak in a pot, about 25 years old.

I'm clearly mad

Lawn damage from fire

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:25

It depends on the size. If it was a large bonfire then you will need to spike and re-seed it. Neighbouring grass will move back in in time, but it would take a fair while to cover more than a few inches effectively.

Monkey puzzle problems

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:21

Other than make sure that it doesn't dry out, no. I'm afraid they don't like being moved, as you've found. Sorry!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:19

Splitting the flags here at the moment, but also supposed to be raining at lunchtime.

Oh, well - it is a bank holiday Monday, after all.

Pear tree

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:42

Many flowers and fruitlets are sensitive to frosts.

As for pollinators, all pears will produce better fruit if there is a cross-pollinator available.

But, for the moment, I'd go down the feeding route. Do it a couple of times this year, and hopefully you'll see results.

sand for plants?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:06

No, it sounds like builders' sand, which can contain unwanted salts. For potting or lawns you need silver sand, which is clean.

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