Alina W

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lightweight spade and fork set

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 18:12

You could have a look at the Wilkinson Sword stainless steel range - they are lighter than average but still strong. If your father doesn't do large scale digging any more, but just works on keeping borders tidy, you might also consider a border spade and fork - these are 2/3 the size of the normal items, so considerably lighter.

plant invasion

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 12:26

A photo would help a lot.

However, google "horsetail" - that's one of the few that I can think of that will get through obstacles.

tropeoleum speciosum

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 12:23

Just give it time - they do need a while to settle. The dull summer won't have helped, either.

Overwintering young dianthus plants

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 10:41

I'd do the same as nutcutlet.

Hippeastrum (amaryllis)

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 23:00

Sorry, Jo, but I disagree. John should cut off the flower, including any seeds, but leave the stem. he should then put the plant in a light place and feed and water it until next October, when the leaves should be cut back and the bulb kept dry and cool for about 10 weeks before being watered and placed in a warm area again to bring it back into growth and flower. Following this method, I have about a dozen plants, the oldest of which is over 15 years old.

Bird Boxes

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 11:35

In theory they should be cleaned annually to remove any parasites, but I must admit that I have some that can't be reached very easily. Since not all the boxes are used every year, I don't worry about it.

bay tree

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 09:26

Sounds like you have an insect infestation of some kind. Spray thoroughly with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer and don't eat the leaves for six weeks afterwards.

Watering shrubs

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 09:24

They need to be watered, but only lightly. Keep them barely damp, never wet.

Apple trees

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 17:54

It depends entirely on their position. If it is windy and exposed and you want a straight tree, you need to stake them.

Talkback: How to lift and store dahlias

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 09:39

By contrast, I've never had any problem with rot in an airy garage, but I have lost them through drying out. As Geoff says, they never dry out in the ground.

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