Alina W

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What happens when you leave your boyfriend unattended!!

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 00:56

I think you should think up some more garden jobs for him - he's obviously keen!

Pot bound house plant

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 00:46

The African violet will sulk if the roots are disturbed too much. Take some leaf cuttings as insurance - a healthy leaf plus its stem. These can be planted in a pot and covered with a plastic bag, or put in a glass of water until they produce roots and baby leaves.

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).

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