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Begonia tubers not growing

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 15:48

They can be quite slow to sprout, and moving them out of the warm house into the colder greenhouse won't help. Are you sure that you've planted them the right way up, with the dip uppermost?

Is their compost moist rather than wet, which could cause rotting?

Were they very dry when you bought them, e.g., from a supermarket, which might slow them down?

I agree with Geoff - it's not that long yet, give them a chance.

growing asparagus in containers

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 15:14

You can - there's even this YouTube video telling you how:

http://www.ehow.com/video_6533958_plant-asparagus-container-garden.html

The compost she's talking about is just a fibrous compost, and I'd be inclined to use a bigger pot than she is doing.

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.

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