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A staghorn fern in a hanging basket.

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 22:29

Do you mean a solid plastic one? I would have thought so - there's nothing magic about a wire one. Just make sure it's a decent size.

Feeding Bulbs That Have Gone Over

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 20:01

You should plant them out immediately they've finished flowering. I know there's talk of cold shock and the frost harming them, but believe me, I've been doing this for years and all the bulbs have thrived - and my windowsills haven't been cluttered up with sad, dying, bulbs. Feed with a high potash fertilizer outside.

How To Care For A Baby Cactus!

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 13:07

My cacti are over 20 years old and have always been watered with tap water - I don't think that was your problem, Brian.

Baby cactus - make sure it's in very free-draining soil (water should run through almost instantly) in as light a position as you have. At the moment, make sure it's not too cold - 15C or so will be fine. With regard to watering, give it about a tablespoon of water every few days on top of the compost near it - try not to get the base of the cactus wet unless it's warm enough to dry quickly.

They are actually quite easy to care for in summer, but you've picked a more difficult time to get it started. Good luck!

what to do with paper whites now

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 22:26

Paperwhites aren't really hardy, in spite of Becca's experience. The other problem is that they need a lot of sun - I did keep mine for a second year once, but only got two or three miserable flowers out of them - a complete waste of time. And I hate the smell!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 20:09

Snowing heavily in N. Yorks.

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 20:07

I think that you underestimate quite how annoying some people find squirrels, Rose.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 12:20

N Yorks - lovely and sunny yesterday.

Today, slightly foggy and very chilly, with snow flurries forecast for the next few days - that'll slow the bulbs down.

Bad lawn

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 13:36

The cress could be baby's tears (helxine).

Bulbs

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 13:31

Bulbs are surprisingly resilient. My front lawn floods regularly as there is something of a hard pan below the topsoil, and I live in a marshy area. Although I lose a few bulbs, the majority keep coming back, so I wouldn't despair.

Sharpening tools

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 22:22

You can buy sharpening strips for push lawnmowers. They're basically strips of sandpaper that clip onto the mower and sharpen the blades as you push the lawnmower. They're single use, and not that expensive. Have a look in a large DIY store or garden centre for them.

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