Alina W

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Broadcasting poppy seeds into the border

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 16:37

Poppies need light to germinate, so covering them is not a good idea. They also dislike root disturbance, so are best sown where they are to grow.

Wisteria leaves turning yellow in may?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 16:17

Wisteria should be fed in spring with a general fertilizer such as fish, blood and bone. As a first step I would try giving yours a liquid feed, something like liquid Growmore, and see if that solves the problem.

dwarf peach tree from homebase

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 15:14

I would take it back. If it has been frosted and lost its leaves it will struggle to put out fresh ones because it is so young, and if it wasn't frosted it's got too dry. In either case it's sub-standard, and you deserve better for your money.

Lining a raised bed?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 12:37

The polythene will actually help to preserve the timber - it reduces the moisture in contact with it considerably.

black bugs

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 11:35
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

I think the use of washing up liquid added to water in a spray to kill aphids is an urban legend. It may well kill the aphids but you also risk losing your plant if too much is added to the water sprayed on the plant.

True, but you run the same risk with using oil, which can block the leaves' pores and hence kill hem, too.

Paperbark Birch

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:47

No tree likes its soil level increased by large amounts, and birches do have very shallow roots. However, the soil level does rise gradually around trees in nature, so they can manage some increase. I'd suggest doing the minimum rise possible, perhaps in two stages. Also, it is probably important that the soil added remains as dry as possible, so the roots don't drown.

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:10

I don't know that acers will tolerate very alkaline soil, although they are fine in neutral soil. Having said that, I do water mine with tapwater when necessarily, and it is fairly hard.

Container size - the size quoted is probably too small for a final size, but it'll take a while to get there.

Talkback: Rose bloom balling

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:05

The staining is due to rain, as is any balling that you get. Drier weather will solve the problem, although individual flowers will stay stained.

Talkback: What's new on

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:43

Yes, you can prune it as hard as you like, even down to a few inches off the ground if you want a shrub rather than a tree.

Daffodil and Tulip Bulbs

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:21

The previous poster has covered just about everything - I'd just like to pick up on your point that you're leaving them to dry off. Don't do that; keep them watered and fed until the leaves die off of their own accord, or they won't have the chance to put energy back into the bulbs and form next year's flowers.

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Sparse flowering cherry

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German myrtle, Bride's myrtle, m.communis microphylla

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